Valois family heads to Sochi to cheer on bobsledder sister

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February 16, 2014 - 11:44am Updated: February 17, 2014 - 9:40pm
Olympic bobsledder Chelsea Valois' family leaves Saskatoon airport, destined for Sochi. Lasia Kretzel/News Talk Radio
Olympic bobsledder Chelsea Valois' family leaves Saskatoon airport, destined for Sochi. Lasia Kretzel/News Talk Radio

The Saskatchewan contingent in Sochi continues to grow as the family of an Olympic bobsledder makes their way to the games.

Three of first-time Olympian Chelsea Valois’ five siblings took off for Sochi Sunday morning to support their sister.

“Unbelievable actually for her first year of being in bobsleigh. It was pretty amazing she made it on the team,” brother Marc said, adding he’s excited to represent Canada from the sidelines.

“It’s just exciting to be there for her and support her.”

Valois will compete in the women’s two man bobsleigh on Feb. 18 and 19 with partner Jenny Ciochetti. 

“She’s always been an athlete and track and field was her strongest sport so when she decided to do bobsleigh it was kind of the opposite,” Marc said.

Marc said they also plan to take in some Olympic curling before heading off to Ukraine and Hungary. He said Chelsea, who’s been on the road since Christmas, won’t be joining them on the extended vacation and can’t wait to get home.

“She’s done travelling. She just wants to come home and have some down time,” he said.

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