Kita Mcrory said this time around, she’s going for gold.

“But who isn’t?” said the 21-year-old snowboarder. “I’ve just been training as hard as I can.”

Mcrory, from Dartmouth, placed seventh in the 2007 Canada Games giant slalom competition in Whitehorse. Mcrory is looking to surpass her previous placing and said time is on her side.

“We’ve had a lot more time to prepare for these games than the last one, so it’s more time on snow and off snow,” said Mcrory, who trains at Cole Harbour Place and the Sackville Sports Stadium.

Emily Dwyer, a member of the women’s curling team, said there’s no place like home.

“I’m really excited, especially because it’s in my home town,” said the 17-year-old from Lower Sackville. “We’re hoping to medal. We’re setting high goals.”

Premier Darrell Dexter was in Province House on Thursday to shake the hands of six team Nova Scotia athletes and wish them “the best of luck.”

“Nova Scotians are proud and dedicated people,” he said to about 50 people in the Red Chamber yesterday. “Our athletes are practising for one of the most exciting competitions of their lives.”

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