Brandon’s Cassie Hawrysh raced to a second straight second-place finish at the Canadian women’s skeleton team trials on Saturday in Whistler, B.C.
The 28-year-old graduate of Neelin High School placed second behind Sarah Reid to earn one of the three coveted spots on Canada’s World Cup team for the 2012-13 season, the first step in qualifying for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The final selections for Canada’s top two national teams — the World Cup and Intercontinental Cup tours — are scheduled to be officially announced at a press conference today when Hawrysh, Reid and 2012 world silver medallist Mellisa Hollingsworth are expected to be formally named to the World Cup team.
Hawrysh began last season on the developmental America’s Cup tour, clinching the title before moving up to the Europa Cup tour for the second half of last season.
Meanwhile, Russell’s Jon Montgomery — the 2010 Olympic men’s skeleton champion — is also expected to be named to Canada’s World Cup team today.
Montgomery, who was fifth after the first weekend of qualifying in Calgary, raced to a second-place finish in Whistler on Saturday, where he won his gold medal two years ago.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 29, 2012