A Fort McMurray native is heading to his second Olympic Games.
28-year-old Graeme Killick is among 11 athletes who were named to Canada’s cross-country skiing team Monday for the PyeongChang Games.
“This is a team that has evolved from a group of talented athletes excited to be on the start line into a group of determined high-performers focused, and confident, in their ability to achieve international podium results,” said Tom Holland, high-performance director, Cross Country Canada, in a release.
Killick, who is from Fort McMurray but now resides in Canmore, started skiing at five-years-old in the Jackrabbit program at Ptarmigan Nordic Ski Club.
He hit the world stage in January 2011 – finishing fifth in the overall Nor-Am Cup standings in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
Killick made his Olympic debut in 2014 in Sochi, Russia where he finished 11th in the 4x10km relay, 63rd in the 15km, 26th in the 50km mass start, and 41st in skiathlon.
Canada has three Olympic medals in cross-country skiing, including one gold won by Beckie Scott in Salt Lake City 2002.
killick is the third athlete from Fort McMurray heading to the Winter Games. He’ll be joined by snowboarder Brooke Voigt and alpine slalom specialist Shannon-Ogbani Abeda.
The 2018 Winter Games run from February 9-25.