Martin, Leeson named to Canada’s Olympic team


Burlington’s Marrianne Leeson and Ancaster’s Brad Martin are off to Sochi.

The two will join 22 other snowboarders as part of Team Canada at the Winter Olympics, February 7-23 in Russia.

(Photo: Canada Snowboard)

(Photo: Canada Snowboard)

“This is an incredibly talented group of athletes who have all earned the right to don our country’s colours in Sochi,” said Marcel Aubut, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Canada Snowboard earned the maximum of 24 quota spots for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and each discipline received six. This means a full team will be heading to Sochi aiming for medal success. Canada’s snowboarders will be competing next at the X-Games (Jan. 23-26) in Aspen, Colorado, where Mark McMorris and Dominique Maltais go in as defending champions in their respective disciplines. This, as well as the Sudelfeld PGS World Cup, will be the last international competitions for the Canadians prior to Sochi.

Leeson, 27, will compete in women’s parallel giant slalom and parallel slalom. Martin, also 27, will challenge in the men’s halfpipe division.

With up to four more Canadian teams to be announced, Team Canada has 24 snowboarders, 10 speed skaters, 10 curlings, 16 bobsledders, seven lugers, four skeleton athletes, 21 women hockey players, eight biathletes, 25 men hockey players, six alpine skiers, 17 figure skaters, 11 cross-country skiers and 20 freestyle skiers.