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Elena Gaskell - Slopestyle Ski

Elena is a young, highly dedicated and ambitious freestyle skier currently training with the BC Park and Pipe Development Team and the SilverStar Freestyle Ski Academy.

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2015 Achievements

Canadian Open Tour: 3rd in Halpipe – Mount saint Louis, Ontario; 8th in Slope - Mount saint Louis, Ontario; 1st in Slope – COP , Calgary; 10th in Halfpipe - Cop, Calgary; 1st in Slope – SilverStar, BC

Other National Events: 1st in Big Air - Junior Nationals – SilverStar, BC; 1st in Slope- Dew Tour Am – Sun Peaks, BC; 1st in Big Air – Dew Tour Am – Sun Peaks, BC; 1stin Slope - Canada Winter Games – Prince George; 1st in Big Air – Canada Winter Games – Prince George

Provincial Events: 1st in Slope – Apex, BC; 1st in Big Air – Apex, BC; 1st in Slope #1 – SilverStar, BC; 1st in Slope #2 – SilverStar, BC

Current World AFP Slopestyle Ranking: 17th for 2015 up from 65th in 2014 

Current Sponsors: SilverStar Mountain Resort, Smith Optics, Sun Valley Source for Sports, K2 Skis

Competition Goals: ~ SHORT TERM ~ Compete in Canada winter games and podium. Get top 5 in all competitions I compete in this year. ~ LONG TERM ~ Compete in the 2018 Olympics, go to X-Games 2016 and do multiple different doubles.

2014 Achievements: BC Timber Tour Overall Women’s Park & Pipe Points Champion, Jr. National Big Air Champion, Sr. National Slopestyle – 2nd, Canadian Open Tour – SilverStar – 1st, BC Timber Tour Championships – Slopestyle – 1st

 

Kevin Hill - Snowboard

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Kevin can sum up his life and way of living quite easily -- he loves doing anything that gives him a good adrenalin rush! At the age of 9, Kevin began his journey in sport in BMX racing where he quickly developed into one of the best young racers in the country. As a Canadian National Team member Kevin competed at the highest level internationally winning a National BMX Championship along the way.

It wasn’t until he was 19 years old that Kevin transitioned into Snowboard-Cross and instantly fell in love with the sport. Kevin was able to transfer his skills and talent from the BMX track to the mountain and has become one of the best Canadian Snowboard-Cross athletes to date. Ever since he was a kid and discovered the Olympics, he made it his goal to do whatever it takes to reach the Olympic stage in whatever sport he could.

After just missing out on the 2010 Olympics, Kevin made it his mission to be at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Since then he has been dedicated to being a full-time athlete, training 6 days a week at the local gym and competing around the world. Kevin realized his Olympic dream in Sochi where he narrowly missed the podium finishing 8th overall, 2nd in the small final. With a renewed passion and drive, Kevin is committed for the next four years to do what it takes to reach the podium and win gold at the 2018 Olympics in Korea.

Achievements

2013-14: Snowboard-Cross Results: Official World Cup Ranking 6th; Canadian SBX Championships, 1st Place; World Cup Finals, La Molina, Spain, 6th Place; Winter X-Games, 4th Place; 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi, Russia, 8th Place, World Cup Montafon, Austria, 3rd Place; World Cup, Andorra, 6th Place; 

2012-13: Snowboard-Cross Results: Official World Cup Ranking 34th; World Championships, Stoneham, Quebec, 33rd Place; USA Grand Prix, 7th Place. 

2011-12: Snowboard-Cross Results: Official World Cup Ranking 29th; Canadian SBX Championships, 2nd Place

2010-11: Snowboard-Cross Results. Official World Cup Ranking 9th; USA Grand Prix, 1st Place; Winter X-Games, 2nd Place; World Cup Finals, La Molina, Spain, 14th Place; Europe Cup, France; 1st Place; Canadian SBX Championships, 2nd Place. 

2009-10: Canadian SBX Championships - 1st Place

                                                                     

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Josh Dueck - Adaptive Ski

Para-Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist, Josh is a role model for many. His passion, drive, and enthusiasm for snowsports in Canada are a true inspiration. 

"At the age of 23, a tragic accident on skis left me paralysed from the waist down.  Rather than wallow in pity, I chose to move forward and return to the mountains, a place that brings me peace and gives me hope.  It has been 13 years since my accident -- I have had the great fortune to dedicate my life to the sport that I love, represent Canada at two Paralympic Games and was also named the flag bearer for Canada at the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.  My time in the mountains has exposed me to my true nature, which is a return to joy.  

SilverStar has been home for the duration of my Paralympic career, my number one supporter and the backbone to this dream I call life.  The next chapter of my story is the most exciting - being home after years on the road and being able to share my passion for the sport with my wife and our kids." - Josh Dueck

Keep up with Josh on his website at joshdueck.com.