A bunch of talented athletes from the USA and Canada are competing in the “competitive sports” silver medal race.
The event is sponsored by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), and the winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize.
For the U of A, this is their first appearance in the event.
“We have been looking for a way to make the USOC and our athletes feel welcome,” USOC director of events and sports development and social media manager, Matt Pritchard, told the Star.
“There’s so many athletes who’ve come to the U to compete and it’s a great opportunity for them to showcase their skills and compete for the US Olympic team.”
This year’s USOC has hosted a number of events for the sport of ice hockey.
The competition was held on July 9 and 10 at the Toronto Sports and Entertainment Centre, with the event bringing together teams from Canada, USA, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, the United Kingdom and Norway.
The goal of the event is to “develop, promote and nurture a global and inclusive sport,” Pritich explained.
“The goal of all of us at the USO is to be a force for good.”
The USOC said it will have a separate website dedicated to the event, with more details to be released in the future.
The USO was formed in 2004 as a non-profit organization to “promote and develop the Olympic Movement,” but is now a $10 billion company with more than 3,500 employees.