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VANCOUVER Tim Duncan Jersey , July 7 (Xinhua) -- With the debut of slopestyle and ski halfpipe as official Olympic sports at next year's Sochi Games, Canadian freestyle skiers will be prominent in Russia.
The two extreme sports join moguls, aerials and ski cross as the five disciplines under the freestyle skiing umbrella. The problem for Canada, a country where its winter Olympians have had far greater medal success than their summer Games counterparts, is the limited amount of spots available.
Under the International Olympic Committee rules, the strong Canada squad can only get 26 places DeMar DeRozan Jersey , male or female, in total across the five disciplines. As it is, in a country where the freestyle skiing program includes world champions, Winter X Games gold medalists and others who have graced World Cup medal podiums, several top Canadian athletes will miss Sochi in a numbers game.
"Our program is very, very strong across all of freestyle Wholesale San Antonio Spurs Jerseys , so we're kind of competing with each other for spots," said Mike Riddle, Canada's top medal hope in men's ski halfpipe, while doing summer training atop Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, British Columbia.
"Just getting an Olympic spot is tough and some guys who are top 10 in some of the freestyle (disciplines) won't be going to the Olympics, which is pretty crazy."
As the 2011 world champion and the winner of the crystal globe as the top point getter on the World Cup circuit this past season Cheap San Antonio Spurs Jerseys , Riddle, a 27-year-old Edmonton native, is a virtual lock for an Olympic berth as he only needs a top-12 finish at a FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup event next season to qualify.
Other prominent men on the Canadian halfpipe team include Justin Dorey who won the Dew Tour in Colorado in December, Noah Bowman, third at the Sierra Nevada World Cup event in March, and Matt Margetts Wholesale Spurs Jerseys , who has posted several podium near-misses.
"We're a little envious of the other countries that get to send four and four (in ski halfpipe and slopestyle), cause we're fighting for our four," said Riddle who listed the Americans, New Zealand and France as Canada's main medal competition.
"But it's pretty cool to be part of such a strong team and we're going to send some pretty