Olympic Team

Olympic Team
Megan Bankes
Hometown
Calgary AB
Current City
Canmore, AB
Biathlon Teams Past and Present
Bow Waters Jackrabbits and Foothills Nordic Ski Club
Hobbies
Cooking/Baking, Listening to Podcasts, Reading, Mountain Biking, Hiking, and Exploring in Nature
Did you play any other sports competitively growing up?
Soccer, Cross Country Skiing, XC, and Track running in Junior High/High School
Coaches Past and Present
Karen Messanger, Trevor Wilson, Nicky Pacas, Iaroslav Khomiak, Tyson Smith, Fraser Mills-Connery, Richard Boruta, Kathy Davies, Petr Zidek, Andrew Chisholm, Matthias Ahrens, Pavel Lantsov, Justin Wadsworth, and Izzy Aldrich-Witt
What’s one item you need when you travel?
Snacks
Typical pre-race meal?
Oatmeal with yogurt and fruit
What does making the Olympic team mean to you?
It's been a dream of mine for a while, one that I wasn't entirely sure would ever become a reality. After putting in so many years of work, (and having so many others put in so much time to get me here) it's very exciting to be able to go and compete at the biggest, most well recognized winter sporting event.
What’s on your headphones Pre-Race?
K. Flay
Last show you couldn't stop watching?
Feel Good
Food from Canada you miss most when you are on tour?
Anything that I can cook for myself
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Olympic Team
Sarah Beaudry
Hometown
Prince George
Current City
Canmore, AB
Biathlon Teams Past and Present
Caledonia Nordic Ski Club, Biathlon Alberta Training Center, and Team Trail Sport
Hobbies
Sewing and Baking
Did you play any other sports competitively growing up?
Cross Country Skiing
Coaches Past and Present
Jeremy Campbell, Fiona Coy, Mallory Quinn, John Hagen, Rob Swan, Richard Boruta, Petr Zidek, Kathy Davies, Pavel Lantsov, Roddy Ward, Matthias Ahrens, Alain Parent, and Rachel Koroscil
What’s one item you need when you travel?
My own pillow
Typical pre-race meal?
Depends what is offered in the country I am racing
What does making the Olympic team mean to you?
It means I can have another chance to show my abilities as a biathlete on the World's biggest stage.
What’s on your headphones Pre-Race?
Something that makes me dance
Last show you couldn't stop watching?
School of Chocolate
Food from Canada you miss most when you are on tour?
Being able to bake for myself
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Olympic Team
Jules Burnotte
Hometown
Sherbrooke Qc
Current City
Québec
Biathlon Teams Past and Present
Club plein air biathlon Estrie, Club d'athlétisme de Sherbrooke, Centre National d'entraînement Pierre Harvey, Mes Parents
Hobbies:
Windsurfing and Conferences
Did you play any other sports competitively growing up?
Athletics, Cross-Country Skiing and Handball.
Coaches Past and Present
Sandrine Charron, Pierre Racicot, Erika Charron, Simon Croteau, Jean François Gagné, Robert Richard, Louis Bouchard, Olivier Hamel, Julien Lamoureux, Pavel Lantsov, Matthias Ahrens, Justin Wadsworth, Pascal Morcet, and Charles Castonguay. Puis tous les entraîneurs rencontrés sur la route à un moment ou un autre!"
What’s one item you need when you travel:
My school work, always important to bring with you.
Typical Pre-Race Meal:
Pasta
What does making the Olympic team mean to you?
It’s how I am learning to be the best athlete I can be!
What’s on your headphones Pre-Race:
La Quête / Jacques Brel
Last show you couldn't stop watching:
I do not watch TV...
Food from Canada you miss most when you are on tour?
Peanut Butter
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Olympic Team
Emily Dickson
Hometown
Burns Lake, BC
Current City
Canmore, AB
Biathlon Teams Past and Present
Omineca Ski Club, Caledonia Nordic Ski Club, and Canmore Nordic Ski Club
Hobbies
Photography, singing/music, rock climbing, & being outside and in the mountains!
Did you play any other sports competitively growing up?
Cross country skiing
Coaches Past and Present
Rachel Koroscil, Alain Parent, Richard Boruta, Petr Zidek, Pavel Lantsov, Chris Paulson, Bryan Dickson, Andrew Casey, Allie Dickson, Gerd Erasmus, Erica Erasmus, Jordan Clarke, Keith Mayerson, Brian Finniss, Justin Wadsworth, Kathy Davies- and of course, the many tour, camp and short term coaches that also supported me along the way!
What’s one item you need when you travel?
Camera! ...and gluten-free snacks
Typical pre-race meal?
Coffee...
What does making the Olympic team mean to you?
Making the Olympic team is the fulfillment of a dream I've had since I was a little kid. As athletes, most our of our time is spent focusing on our short term, progress goals. Realistically, most athletes only have one or two really big goals in their career- and for many of us, competing at the Olympics is one of them. It's not often we get to tick one of those boxes off- so to be able to actually say that I am part of the 2022 Canadian Olympic Team has me feeling incredibly proud and grateful for the journey that brought me here.
What’s on your headphones Pre-Race?
Could be Metallica, Eminem, Shakira, Ludovico Einaudi or anything in between! (so basically anything)
Last show you couldn't stop watching?
Formula 1 Drive To Survive
Food from Canada you miss most when you are on tour?
My boyfriend's cooking!
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Olympic Team
Scott Gow
Hometown
Calgary
Current City
Canmore, AB
Biathlon Teams Past and Present
Rocky Mountain Racers
Hobbies
Video Games and cards
Did you play any other sports competitively growing up?
I played school sports: basketball, volleyball, badminton, and wrestling
Coaches Past and Present
Petr Zidek, John Jaques, Matthias Ahrens, Pavel Lantsov, and Justin Wadsworth
What’s one item you need when you travel?
Always have my pillow
Typical pre-race meal?
Spaghetti
What does making the Olympic team mean to you?
It's a huge honor to represent Canada on the biggest stage. It's an opportunity to show what Canada is made of and why we are so great.
What’s on your headphones Pre-Race?
My Chemical Romance, 21 Pilots, and Eminem
Last show you couldn't stop watching?
Below Deck: Mediterranean
Food from Canada you miss most when you are on tour?
Vietnamese Pho
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Olympic Team
Christian Gow
Hometown
Calgary
Current City
Canmore, AB
Biathlon Teams Past and Present
Rocky Mountain Racers
Hobbies
Reading, Mountain Biking, Downhill Skiing, and Gaming
Did you play any other sports competitively growing up?
Cross-country skiing
Coaches Past and Present
Pavel Lantsov, Justin Wadsworth, John Jaques, Matthias Ahrens, and Roddy Ward
What’s one item you need when you travel?
My Kindle
Typical pre-race meal?
Pasta
What does making the Olympic team mean to you?
Making the Olympic Team is the culmination of a life-time goal. When I started biathlon at 9 years old I dreamed of making it to the Olympics, to be going for the second time is a really special feeling. It is the culmination of 20 years of training, thousands of hours, hundreds or races, and countless life lessons.
What’s on your headphones Pre-Race?
21614 - Rob & Chris
Last show you couldn't stop watching?
The Witcher
Food from Canada you miss most when you are on tour?
Burgers!
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Olympic Team
Emma Lunder
Hometown
Vernon, BC
Current City
Canmore, AB
Biathlon Teams Past and Present
Biathlon National Team, Rocky Mountain Racers, Sovereign Lake Nordic Club, and Porcupine Ski Runners
Hobbies
Reading, baking bread, and playing crib
Did you play any other sports competitively growing up?
High school cross-country running
Coaches Past and Present
Pavel Lantsov, Justin Wadsworth, Matthias Ahrens, Roddy Ward, John Jaques, and Richard Boruta
What’s one item you need when you travel?
Lots of books & my Kindle
Typical pre-race meal?
Whatever the hotel in Europe is serving
What does making the Olympic team mean to you?
Making my second Olympic team makes me feel so grateful for my team, coaches, family, and everyone else who has supported me on my challenging but fulfilling biathlon journey!
What’s on your headphones Pre-Race?
Ava Max, Lady Gaga, and Eminem
Last show you couldn't stop watching?
And Just Like That
Food from Canada you miss most when you are on tour?
A good burger
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Olympic Team
Adam Runnalls
Hometown
Calgary
Current City
Canmore, AB
Biathlon Teams Past and Present
Calgary Biathlon Racers and Alberta Biathlon Club
Hobbies
Downhill Skiing or Snowboarding, Skateboarding, Mountain Biking, Kite Skiing or Surfing, Surfing, and Climbing or Hiking
Did you play any other sports competitively growing up?
Only a season or 2 of lacrosse
Coaches Past and Present
Laroslav Khomiak, Airat Aitniakov, Pavel Lantsov, and Justin Wadsworth
What’s one item you need when you travel?
My pillow
Typical pre-race meal?
Pasta of some kind if its a afternoon race and then eggs and oatmeal if it's a morning
What does making the Olympic team mean to you?
It means everything to me. It has been the main focus in my life for the past 12 years.
What’s on your headphones Pre-Race?
Anything really depends on the day, I've warmed up to Carless Whisper and Metallica on the same day so you really never know
Last show you couldn't stop watching?
Parks and Recreation
Food from Canada you miss most when you are on tour?
Grilled Cheese with alfagetti
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Olympic Team Alternate
Benita Peiffer
Hometown
Whistler, BC
Current City
Canmore, AB
Biathlon Teams Past and Present
Whistler Nordics, Sea to SKy Nordics, and Alberta World Cup Academy
Hobbies
Fishing and Mountain biking
Did you play any other sports competitively growing up?
Mountain Biking, Soccer, and Nordic Skiing
Coaches Past and Present
Chris Jeffries, Chris Manhard, Etienne Letondeur, and Julia Ystgaard
What's one item that you need when you travel.
My pillow
Typical pre-race meal?
Avocado toast with an egg and a smoothie
What's on your headphones Pre-Race?
Purple Hat
Last show you couldn't stop watching?
Below Deck
Food from Canada you miss the most when you're are on tour?
Home Cooked Brunch
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Olympic Team Alternate
Trevor Kiers
Hometown
Sprucedale, ON
Current City
Canmore, AB
Biathlon Teams Past and Present
Timmins Biathlon Club, Arrowhead Nordic, and Biathlon Alberta Training Center
Hobbies
Playing the piano, Disc Golf, Mountain biking, and Building
Did you play any other sports competitively growing up?
I played soccer pretty competitively until about 14 years old.
Coaches Past and Present
Steve Strom, John Cown, Angele Capporicci, Richard Boruta, Justin Wadsworth, and Pavel Lantsov
What's one item that you need when you travel.
I bought a disc this year, it’ll become a staple.
Typical pre-race meal?
I live off of oatmeal, can’t go without it in the summer months. It’s hard to find in Europe.
What does making the Olympic team mean to you?
This has always been the dream. The story of a small town kid in a lumberjack, redneck sort of town, to Olympic Athlete, what's not to love.
Food from Canada you miss the most when you're are on tour?
Variety. We eat very cultural foods while on tour, but I want tacos one night, then pizza, then curry.
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Senior National Team

Senior National
Jules Burnotte
Sherbrooke, QC - Biathlon Estrie
Senior National
Zachary Connelly
Ottawa, ON - Chelsea Nordiq
Senior National
Christian Gow
Calgary, AB - Rocky Mountain Racers
Senior National
Emma Lunder
Vernon, BC - Rocky Mountain Racers
Senior National
Nadia Moser
Whitehorse, YK - Biathlon Yukon
Senior National
Benita Peiffer
Whistler, BC - Whistler Nordics
Senior National
Pascale Paradis
Calgary, AB - Foothills Nordic
Senior National
Logan Pletz
Regina, SK - Qu'appelle Valley Nordic
Senior National
Adam Runnalls
Calgary, AB - Calgary Biathlon Racers
Senior National
Jenna Sherrington
Calgary, AB - Foothills Nordic

NextGen Team

NextGen Team
Anna Marino
Canmore, AB - Canmore Nordic
NextGen Team
Reid Lovstrom
Calgary, AB - Foothills Nordic
NextGen Team
Daniel Gilfillan
Comox, BC - Vancouver Island Biathlon Club
NextGen Team
Shilo Rousseau
Thessalon, ON - Chelsea Nordiq

Under 24 Team

Under 24
Haldan Borglum
Calgary, AB - Foothills Nordic
Under 24
Zachary Demers
Victoriaville, QC - Club de Biathlon La Poursuite
Under 24
Ryan Elden
Quesnel, BC - Cariboo Ski Touring Club
Under 24
Vincent Girard
Under 24
Gillian Gowling
Calgary, AB - Sea to Sky Nordics
Under 24
Janice Grundahl
Regina, SK - Qu'appelle Valley Nordic
Under 24
Troy Martel
Barrie, ON - Team Hardwood Biathlon
Under 24
William Moineau
Levis, QC - Courcelette
Under 24
Quinn Morgan
Kimberley, BC - Sovereign Lake Nordic
Under 24
Zoe Pekos
Richmond HIll, ON - Chelsea Nordiq
Under 24
Lucas Smith
Winnipeg, MB - Sea to Sky Nordics

Under 20 Team

Under 20
Benjamin Brousseau
Canmore, AB - Canmore Nordic
Under 20
Molly Caldwell
Golden, BC - Sovereign Lake Nordic
Under 20
Ema Chlepkova
Calgary, AB - Foothills Nordic
Under 20
Jean-Nicolas De Broeck
Gatineau, QC - Chelsea Nordiq
Under 20
Jasper Fleming
Squamish, BC - Sea to Sky Nordics
Under 20
Cole Germain
Whitehorse, YK - Biathlon Yukon
Under 20
Xavier Gilbert
Charlesbourge, QC - Club de Biathlon La Poursuite
Under 20
Moira Green
Prince George, BC - Caledonia Nordic Ski Club
Under 20
Alexandra Hulshof
Calgary, AB - Foothills Nordic
Under 20
Gavin Johnston
Campbell River, BC - Vancouver Island Biathlon Club
Under 20
Nadia Klafki
Calgary, AB - Foothills Nordic
Under 20
Desiree Paradis
Calgary, AB - Foothills Nordic
Under 20
Kase Repp
Calgary, AB - Foothills Nordic

Prospects Team

Prospects Team
Bjorn Baergen
Canmore, AB - Canmore Nordic
Prospects Team
Lucia Baergen
Canmore, AB - Canmore Nordic
Prospects Team
Graham Benson
Whistler, BC - Sea to Sky Nordics
Prospects Team
Flora Csonka
Calgary, AB - Foothills Nordic
Prospects Team
Sophie Firth
Pemberton, BC - Sea to Sky Nordics
Prospects Team
Sofie Hill
Squamish, BC - Sea to Sky Nordics
Prospects Team
Ella Niedre
Kars, ON - Chelsea Nordiq
Prospects Team
Anna Perry
Calgary, AB - Foothills Nordic
Prospects Team
Liam Tinworth
Grande Prairie, AB - Wapiti Nordics
Prospects Team
Aliah Turner
Prince George, BC - Caledonia Nordic

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26.5
Average Age of
the members of the
Olympic Team
4
Half of the Olympic Team
rank their pillow as their most
important travel item.
21,134.8
The total kilos traveled
by the World Cup team this
season to get to Beijing 2022

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