Cranbrook is going for gold as the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games begin Tuesday in Schladming, Austria.
Local skiers Erin Thom, Jonathan Robins and Roxana Podrasky earned three of only 16 coveted spots on the Canadian Alpine team.
Coach Misty Pagliaro believes representing the country on the international stage is an amazing feat for the small town athletes.
She feels it shows how strong a program Cranbrook has, how high the level of coaching is and how dedicated the athletes are.
Pagliaro says the three skiers have been counting down the days and are beyond excited to compete.
She explains they take their training very seriously and know the magnitude of the event they’re attending.
Pagliaro believes they are pumped to be representing not only Cranbrook but all of Canada as well.
The Alpine Skiers will compete in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super-G events, full scheduling can be found here .
Pagliaro explains with approximately 400 skiers participating from around the world, competition will be steep.
The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games run from March 14-25.
Special Olympics Cranbrook Branch, Coach, Misty Pagliaro –
– Keira O’Loughlin
(Image courtesy of www.austria2017.org)