Oakville’s Buck named to Canadian Olympic snowboard team


Published January 28, 2022 at 11:43 am

Oakville snowboarder Kaylie Buck says she has faced a long road to get to this year's Beijing Winter Olympic Games. CANADIAN OLYMPIC TEAM PHOTO

Oakville’s Kaylie Buck is heading to the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

The 21-year-old snowboarder is one of four additional athletes nominated by Canada Snowboard and the Canadian Olympic Committee to compete at the Winter Games set to begin next week.

Sebastien Beaulieu, of St-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que., Jennifer Hawkrigg, of Toronto, and Jules Lefebvre, of Montreal, were also named to the team.

They join Megan Farrell, of Richmond Hill, and Arnaud Gaudet, of Montcalm, Que., who were nominated for the parallel giant slalom event on January 19.

Buck (photo below) says she’s thrilled to be joining the 2022 Canadian Olympic Team heading to Beijing.

“I am at a loss for words to describe this feeling as it has been a long road to get here,” the Oakville Trafalgar High School graduate said. “The past few years have thrown challenges our way that we never expected to have to face. Through the highs and lows of both successful and challenging competitions, as well as the pandemic, I am proud to say I made it!

“Through it all, my family and friends never stopped supporting me, even from the distance the pandemic created, and I couldn’t be more grateful for all of them! Although alpine snowboarding is an individual sport, I am thankful to have the absolute best team behind the scenes who have helped me from the beginning! I cannot wait to compete at the Games and represent Canada.”

The 12 female athletes are the most-ever on a Canadian Olympic snowboard team.

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