Canada's Olympic snowboard team

The first five members of Canada's Olympic snowboard team have been announced. Canada won three snowboarding medals at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 and officials have high hopes of improving on that number in Sochi. Here are the first five team members, with the rest of the squad set to be announced on January 21.

The first five members of the Canadian Olympic snowboard team - from left to right, Maelle Ricker, Mark McMorris, Spencer O'Brien, Sebastien Toutant and Chris Robanske.
Snowboard Team
The first five members of the Canadian Olympic snowboard team - from left to right, Maelle Ricker, Mark McMorris, Spencer O'Brien, Sebastien Toutant and Chris Robanske.
Mark McMorris, 20, of Regina, Saskatchewan, is one of the hottest stars in slopestyle competition. He was only 16 when he entered his first World Cup event, in January 2010 - and won it. He's now the top-ranked men's slopestyler on the World Snowboard Tour.
Mark McMorris
Mark McMorris, 20, of Regina, Saskatchewan, is one of the hottest stars in slopestyle competition. He was only 16 when he entered his first World Cup event, in January 2010 - and won it. He's now the top-ranked men's slopestyler on the World Snowboard Tour.
Mark McMorris will make his Olympic debut in Sochi, but he's no stranger to winning at the top international levels of competition. He won silver at the 2013 FIS world championships and has five medals from the Winter X Games, including double gold in 2012.
Mark McMorris
Mark McMorris will make his Olympic debut in Sochi, but he's no stranger to winning at the top international levels of competition. He won silver at the 2013 FIS world championships and has five medals from the Winter X Games, including double gold in 2012.
Spencer O'Brien, 25, of Courtenay, B.C., has competed internationally since 2008, but Sochi will mark her Olympic debut in the slopestyle competition. She used to compete in the halfpipe before making the switch.
Spencer O'Brien
Spencer O'Brien, 25, of Courtenay, B.C., has competed internationally since 2008, but Sochi will mark her Olympic debut in the slopestyle competition. She used to compete in the halfpipe before making the switch.
Spencer O'Brien is the defending FIS world champion and also won the World Snowboard Tour title in 2012. She also has four Winter X Games medals on her resume - two silvers and two bronzes.
Spencer O'Brien
Spencer O'Brien is the defending FIS world champion and also won the World Snowboard Tour title in 2012. She also has four Winter X Games medals on her resume - two silvers and two bronzes.
Maelle Ricker, 35, of West Vancouver, B.C., will compete in her fourth Olympic Games in Sochi. The snowboard cross racer has been a national team member since 1996 but has only gotten better with age, winning her first FIS world championship in 2013.
Maelle Ricker
Maelle Ricker, 35, of West Vancouver, B.C., will compete in her fourth Olympic Games in Sochi. The snowboard cross racer has been a national team member since 1996 but has only gotten better with age, winning her first FIS world championship in 2013.
Maelle Ricker's many honours also include two Winter X Game titles, the overall World Cup championship in 2010 and, as shown here, a hometown Olympic gold medal, also in 2010.
Maelle Ricker
Maelle Ricker's many honours also include two Winter X Game titles, the overall World Cup championship in 2010 and, as shown here, a hometown Olympic gold medal, also in 2010.
Snowboard cross racer Chris Robanske, 24, of Calgary, Alberta, will make his Olympic debut in Sochi. He's been a national team member since 2010, although he's only enjoyed one season free of injuries.
Chris Robanske
Snowboard cross racer Chris Robanske, 24, of Calgary, Alberta, will make his Olympic debut in Sochi. He's been a national team member since 2010, although he's only enjoyed one season free of injuries.
Chris Robanske's first injury-free season on the national team was 2012-13. It was also his most successful campaign, capped by his first World Cup win, in February 2013 at Blue Mountain in Ontario. Photo courtesy of Canadian Olympic Committee.
Chris Robanske
Chris Robanske's first injury-free season on the national team was 2012-13. It was also his most successful campaign, capped by his first World Cup win, in February 2013 at Blue Mountain in Ontario. Photo courtesy of Canadian Olympic Committee.
Slopestyle athlete Sebastien Toutant, 21, of L'Assomption, Quebec, is another rising star in the world of snowboarding. He won his first Winter X Games championship in Aspen in 2011, the first male rookie in nine years to win the slopestyle competition.
Sebastien Toutant
Slopestyle athlete Sebastien Toutant, 21, of L'Assomption, Quebec, is another rising star in the world of snowboarding. He won his first Winter X Games championship in Aspen in 2011, the first male rookie in nine years to win the slopestyle competition.
After finishing off the podium in 2012, Sebastien Toutant won his second Winter X Games crown in Tignes in 2013. He'll compete in the Olympics for the first time in Sochi.
Sebastien Toutant
After finishing off the podium in 2012, Sebastien Toutant won his second Winter X Games crown in Tignes in 2013. He'll compete in the Olympics for the first time in Sochi.

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