It is almost certainly $$ and a change in attitude. Alpine Canada has turned down the emphasis on speed skiing by not allowing anyone athlete under 18 to participate in DH training or racing in order to prevent injuries, especially head, to younger athletes. Makes it hard to have a speed program when you aren't developing younger athletes. The last of Canada's "speed queens" (Kelly Vanderbeek) retired after an unsuccessful attempt ot return from injury, leaving the recovering from injury as well, Larisa Yurkiw as the lone Canadian Woman speed specialist and no one in the pipe behind her. Very difficult to build a successful team on a single, recovering athlete.
It's a shame on many fronts. Canada has a pretty good history of both men and women speed success and Alpine Canada has dropped the ball by not being able to maintain the program, but it on a personal level, they screwed Larisa big time, leaving her virtually no options and no chance to compete in probably her last Olympics. Canada is pathetic in general about supporting its athletes who represent it.