EAGLE-VAIL — Valley native Chris Del Bosco received the official word Monday that’s he’ll be competing in his second Olympics.
“I’m really excited to be on the Olympic team again,” Del Bosco said after the announcement. “You don’t always get two chances in our sport, so I’m really happy for another shot.”
At the Vancouver Games, Del Bosco — a World Champion and regular on the World Cup podium in the sport of ski cross — missed a medal, finishing fourth.
This time around, he says he’s skiing well and feeling confident.
“I’m healthy and strong. I spent all summer in the gym working on my starts, and the course plays well to my strengths; it has a lot of jumps and features,” he said.
While he’s a native of Eagle-Vail and a former Ski & Snowboard Club Vail member, Del Bosco has dual citizenship with the U.S. and Canada, and races for the Canadian team.
He joins an impressive squad alongside Dave Duncan and Brady Leman, both who have made the podium already this season in World Cup events.
He says his own teammates, as well as members of the stacked Swiss team, may be the most difficult competition at the Sochi Games.
“But any one of the guys in the field can win,” he said. “It’s a tough field.”
NO. 1 STATUS
Ski cross made its Olympic debut in 2010 when Ashleigh McIvor, of Whistler, B.C., who has since retired, won gold. Canada’s ski cross team has been ranked No. 1 in the world in four of the past five years and the six nominated athletes include World Cup winners, world champions, X Games gold medallists and a Crystal Globe winner, according to a press release from the Canadian Olympic Committee.
“The sport of ski cross requires athletes to have a real competitive edge, and today’s nominated team is a true reflection of that,” Marcel Aubut, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee, was quoted saying in the release. “I have full confidence in our ski cross athletes and will cheer with all of Canada when they take to the Olympic snow in Sochi.”
The Canadian Olympic Committee also liked what Del Bosco had to say heading into the games, quoting him in the release: “All three of us on the men’s team … have the potential to go out there and win gold, and that’s what we’ll be trying to do,” Del Bosco said. “Canada has been the top ski cross nation in the world for four of the past five years, and we have nothing to fear in Sochi. We believe this is our year.”