ASA sends four athletes to upcoming Junior World Championships

Following the first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games, Innsbruck, Austria hopes to build on the excitement the week following by hosting the 2012 World Junior Championships for Skeleton. This prestigious event will showcase the world’s top skeleton athletes under the age of 23.

Representing Canada are Alberta Skeleton athletes Corey Gillies, Travis Brockway, Madison Charney, and Elisabeth Vathje. Rounding out the women’s squad will be National Development Team athlete and reigning World Junior Champion Robynne Thompson, who will be in top form to defend her title and help lead this young team.

The winner of both the men's and women's World Junior Championship title earn an automatic bid to the Senior World Championships, which will be held this upcoming February in Lake Placid, NY. Last year Thompson finished 11th at the Senior Championships, after winning the Junior title in Park City, Utah.

Alberta Skeleton coach Emily Malcolm is hoping for some personal best results from this skillful squad.

“These athletes are not only among our most talented and hardworking Provincial athletes, but truly represent the future of the Canadian National team.”

For more information and up-to-date results from the World Junior Championships, keep your eye on www.fibt.com.