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Calgary’s Arianne Jones claims last spot in Canada’s Olympic luge team

Canada's Arianne Jones of Calgary, Alta

DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press

Arianne Jones has claimed the final spot on Canada's Olympic luge team.

The 23-year-old won a race-off against fellow Calgary-based teammate Jordan Smith to claim her spot at the 2014 Sochi Games.

"It really hasn't sunk in yet because I was trying not to think about racing for a spot on the Olympic team. That itself is too much to handle," Jones said in a statement.

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"I wanted to just race for myself and I did it. It was hard earned and feels amazing."

Jones has six top-10 finishes over the last four years on the World Cup circuit, but she struggled to lock up her Olympic qualifiers after battling an injury and a slow start this season.

"This race was the highest amount of stress and pressure that I have ever faced so I can't imagine experiencing anything more in a World Cup or Olympics," Jones said. "I proved to myself that I can fight really hard under extreme circumstances and come out on top. I think when I come down from all of this it will definitely be a confidence booster for me going into the second half of the season."

Jones joins five Canadian men and two other women that will hit the start handles in Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Two-time Olympian, Sam Edney, will lead teenagers John Fennell and Mitchel Malyk into their first Olympics in men's singles.

Tristan Walker and Justin Snith are on the lone Canadian doubles sled, while Jones will be with World Championship and World Cup medallist, Alex Gough and Kimberley McRae in the women's singles race.

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