Air Canada loses snowboards ahead of athlete's Olympic qualifier
Australia's Tim Laidlaw had his snowboards misplaced by Air Canada this week, ahead of an Olympic qualifier. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency/Files)
This week is Tim Laidlaw's last chance to qualify for the Winter Olympics, but he lost important practice time after his snowboard was misplaced by Air Canada.
"You have lost my bags with my last chance to qualify for #Sochi2014 which is tomorrow. Help or break some dreams," the Australian athlete tweeted at the airline Wednesday.
Laidlaw and fellow snowboarder Declan Vogel-Paul were on their way to Quebec City to take part in the final International Ski Federation event when the airline lost their equipment.
On Facebook, the team's coach, Jarrod Wouters, wrote the airline was "not making our lives very easy right now."
On Thursday morning, Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said the snowboards were delivered to the team Wednesday evening and the airline was sorry for the delay.
"Just received my bags," Laidlaw said in a tweet at 8:20 a.m. Thursday. "On my way to last day of training. Already missed out on two training sessions."