Mon, 10 Feb, 2014
Edmonton Public Schools is ecstatic to see some extremely dedicated and talented alumni and staff represent Canada in the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. We’re proud of our former students and current teacher, and we’ll be cheering them on from the City of Champions. Go Canada!
Here are the 2014 Olympic athletes and coaches who attended Edmonton Public Schools.
After competing in the 2008 summer Olympics as a track and field athlete, Bryan Barnett (Jasper Place High School alumnus) makes his debut in the Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Powered by his track and field skills, this all-season athlete sprints down the ice on the Canadian Men’s Bobsleigh team this February.
No stranger to the Olympic Games, David Bissett (McNally School alumnus) won a bronze medal at Vancouver 2010 as a member of a four-man bobsleigh and also competed four years prior in both a two- and four-man sled. After taking a break from the sport for two years, he hits the ice running on the Canadian Men’s Bobsleigh team.
As a highly skilled and adaptable athlete, Jenny Ciochetti (Strathcona School alumna) has competed in various bobsleigh positions: she’s raced as a pusher, a brakeman and a pilot. Now as a member of the Canadian Women’s Bobsleigh team, Jenny pushes her team down the Sochi ice track at this year’s Olympic Winter Games.
Jamie Gregg (Ross Sheppard School alumnus) is the top-ranked man in the shortest of the long track speed skating event. After finishing 8th in this same event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, Jamie glides his way to Sochi as a member of the Canadian Long Track Speed Skating team.
At the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, Jessica Gregg (Ross Sheppard School alumna) earned a silver medal as a member of the 3000m relay speed skating squad and also placed fourth on her own in the 500m race. Due to a concussion in March 2011, Jessica was unable to return to speed skating until 2012. She now joins Canada’s Short Track Speed Skating team and races around the Sochi track.
A true bobsleigh natural, Neville Wright (Jasper Place School alumnus), represented Canada in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games as a member of the four-man sled. He joined the team less than a year after he first tried the sport. With a sprinting background in track and field, Neville competes as a pusher on the Canadian Men’s Bobsleigh team in Sochi.
Kaetlyn Osmond (Vimy Ridge Academy) has figure skated since she was two years old, and it’s definitely paid off. She earned first place at both the 2013 Canadian Championships and the 2012 Skate Canada Challenge, among many more top ten accomplishments. Master of the ice, Kaetlyn represents Canada in Women’s Figure Skating at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Returning to the Winter Olympic Games for the sixth time, Pierre Lueders (Jasper Place School alumnus) is coaching the Russian bobsleigh team in Sochi, Russia. Pierre has over 20 years of experience in bobsleighing. During his rewarding career, Pierre’s earned 85 World Cup medals, 8 World Championship medals and two Olympic medals.
A former curling lead on Randy Ferber’s four-time Tim Horton’s Brier championship team, Marcel Rocque (J. Percy Page School) coaches the Chinese Curling team at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Marcel will take time away from his career as a culinary arts teacher, and transfer his teaching skills from the kitchen to the curling rink.
A hockey player since age five, Shannon Szabados (M.E. LaZerte alumna) will be stopping the puck for Team Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. With a 98.04% save percentage, Shannon goaltended at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics where she earned a shutout for Team Canada in the gold medal game against the USA.
Congratulations to all of these inspiring athletes and coaches. Good luck at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games!