2023 Canada Winter Games
February 25, 2023
Our athletes and coaches were humbled and in awe by the warm welcome from the first nations people as they performed during their traditional welcoming ceremony for the 2023 Canada Winter Games, held in the beautiful province of Prince Edward Island.
Team BC was on fire right from the start of these games and carried that momentum through the end. Our athletes matched our Gold Medal best (3) in the first few days, with Alex Mysko and Maya Mikkelsen claiming the top spots in Aerials, followed by Jordan Peet winning in Big Air.
Alex Mysko (Whistler) | On winning gold
“It‘s super cool; it‘s super fun. This event was run under the lights on TV. It‘s a 10 out of 10 experience. Winning is pretty cool, but a shout out to [late Team BC freestyle skier] Brayden Kuroda. He won the last Games, and we were going for Gold for him today.”
Tate Garrod added our fourth Gold in Slopestyle a few days later as the team raised the bar for Freestyle. The group continued their success and crowded seven of the eight possible podiums, winning 13 medals and doubling our previous medal count.
Aiden Mulvihill scored Silver in Slopestyle, Maya Mikkelsen took Silver in Moguls, and Lynnette Conn won Silver in Dual Moguls. Lynnette also grabbed a Bronze in Moguls. Cole Carey earned a Bronze in both the Moguls and Dual Mogul events. Jordan Peet also continued her success with a Bronze in Slopestyle.
Team BC wrapped up the Games, capturing a Gold and Bronze medal in the Team Dual Mogul Event!
Cole Carey (Panorama) on winning gold in the first dual moguls’ team event mixed held at the Canada Games
“It’s pretty cool; no one else can say that again. Moguls is a pretty individual sport, so when there’s a team going, you have a teammate who can help you or lose it. I was at the top and heard Maya scored well on her run. So, I knew I had to put down a good run, and we’d seal the deal.”
Lynnette Conn (Powell River) on winning bronze in the first dual moguls’ team event mixed held at the Canada Games
“I was trying to do my best and get the most points for our team. It’s pretty cool with duals; just anything can happen.”
Our athletes performed well at these games with many personal bests; shout out to those who brought their best but did not strike the podium, Zoe Greze, Kristin Hoivik and Quinn Dawson. Albeit hard to miss our targets, we learn more from the processes, not the medal podiums; the real win is the good fortune to stand in the start gate and feel the unlimited potential that anything is possible.