In a story of determination and perseverance, Larisa Yurkiw qualified today for the Canadian Olympic team.
For those who aren't familiar with the story, Larisa was a member of the Canadian Ladies Alpine Speed Team. While returning from injury, the Ladies'Speed team was dissolved due to lack of skiers, funds etc, leaving Larisa with no team. She decided she wasn't ready to call it quits and decided to run the 2014 WC season as an independent with a relentless marketing campaign to find sponsors and raise the many thousands of dollars to run the season and take a run for the Olympics, with virtually no support from Alpine Canada.
Alpine Canada set the bar high to make the Olympic team, requiring at least two top 12 finishes. Larisa accomplished this today with a career best 6th in Altenmarkt, to go with her previous best result 7th in Lake Louise. She officially punched her ticket to Sochi.
Huge congratulations to Larisa, an amazing story of determination and perseverance in the pursuit of your dreams.