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Canadian Olympians to participate in 2014 Winter X Games

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According to ESPN on Friday, there will be 18 Canadian Olympians participating at the 2014 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado this weekend.

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Leading the way will be reigning Olympic women's snowboard cross gold medalist Maelle Ricker of Vancouver, British Columbia and reigning World Cup women's snowboard cross champion and 2006 Olympic bronze medalist Dominique Maltais of Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, Quebec.

Other significant notables are former Winter X Games champions Mark McMorris of Regina, Saskatchewan (men's slopestyle snowboarding), Rosalind Groenewoud of Calgary, Alberta (women's superpipe), and Kaya Turski of Montreal, Quebec (women's slopestyle skiing).

It will be interesting to see how Turski and Groenewoud do this weekend as both are coming off injuries.

The 2014 Winter X Games have significant meaning because there are only two weeks before the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Many of Canada's elite snowboarders and freestyle skiers are using the event as major preparation for the biggest sporting event in their lives.

There was speculation earlier this week that American snowboarding superstar Shaun White would not compete in Aspen, but apparently he has changed his mind and will participate after all.

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