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Meet Our Sponsored Athletes & Ambassadors
Meet Our Sponsored Athletes & Ambassadors
The Okanagan is the treasure that keeps on giving! Currently this region is known for it extensive local produce and its LEGENDARY champagne powder … BUT the real hidden treasure is the world-class athletes it keeps producing!
SilverStar Mountain’s renowned snow conditions and Small Town, Big Mountain feel has created the perfect playground and training arena to foster and grow athletes as they get ready to compete and dominate on the world platform!
SilverStar is proud to contribute to the success of its rising stars, and is please to introduce its 2017 Sponsored Athletes:
NOAH MORRISON | SLOPESTYLE SKIING
A member of the Canadian National Team, Noah Morrison grew up skiing at SilverStar Mountain in BC, CAN — the same stomping grounds of former XG Aspen gold medalist TJ Schiller. Morrison finished 8th in Big Air in 2015 and competed in Slopestyle at X Games twice, with his best finish 8th in Tignes where he was the youngest skier in the Final (18). A progressive jumper, Morrison finished 3rd on the AFP Big Air year end rankings in 2015 and has a triple, and double, cork 1620.
Noah has three X Games appearances, 8th at XG 2015 in Big Air, and 8th in Tignes in 2013 in Slopestyle. He finished 3rd on the AFP Big Air year end rankings 2015 and is a current member of the Canadian National Team.
2017 WINTER STANDINGS:
KEVIN HILL | BOARDERCROSS
Kevin Hill loves to live life to the fullest. Since he first saw the Olympic Games on television, he’s been craving for the day he would be part of the National team and living the Olympic dream, no matter what sport he would be competing in. At 19, he started snowboarding and his love for speed and airtime brought him to Snowboardcross. A few years later, Kevin is now an Olympian with Canada's best men's Snowboardcross finish at the 2014 Olympic Games with 8th place.
Since 2010, Hill has been a leader on the Snowboardcross team, having gained respect with an impressive out-of-nowhere run that came up just short of qualifying for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Hill turned heads with a second place finish at the 2011 Winter X-Games. In 2015 Hill took home Gold at the Winter X-Games, and followed up with a 2nd place at the FIS Snowboard World Championships.
In the off-season, Hill can be found BMX riding in his hometown of Vernon, BC or enjoying extreme sports such as cliff jumping, downhill mountain biking at Silver Star, surfing and wake boarding.
"SilverStar has been my favourite mountain since the first day I stepped on snow, I grew up riding their slopes, and I'll continue to as long as I can. I want to thank my SilverStar family for all their support in my endeavour to own the podium at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea."- Kevin Hill
2018 CURRENT FIS WORLD CUP RANKINGS
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. This girl can shred with the best and is sure to turn some heads this season!
CURRENT AFP RANKINGS
15th Place Stoneham Slopestyle World Cup
1st Place Aspen Open Slopestyle Nor-Am
5th Place Aspen Open Halfpipe Nor-Am
Women’s Slopestyle Nor-Am Cup Champion
Women’s Slopestyle Canada Cup Champion
1st Place at Calgary Nor-Am
1st Place at Whistler Canada Cup
Women’s Slopestyle Canada Cup Champion
Canada Winter Games Women’s Slopestyle
Big Air Champion Dew Tour-AM Women’s Slopestyle
Big Air Champion Jr. National Big Air Champion
Competition Goals: Compete and make finals at World Cup events, compete and represent Canada at the Winter Olympic Games, go to the X-Games and do multiple different axis double flips.
PATRICK DEW | FREESTYLE
Patrick is a Canadian Freestyle Nextgen team athlete competing at international and World Cup competitions. Named to the 2017 NextGen Park & Pipe National Team in May, Patrick is definitely a competitor worth watching closely this season. Competing on the World Cup circuit again this year, this slopestylist already has impressive Canadian and World standings. There are also whispers that Patrick has a shot at qualifying for the PyeonChang Olympics….
Canadian standing: 10th slope style
World standing: 101 slope style
AFP world standing: 14th overall.
AFP world standing: 37th slope style.
AFP world standing: 75th big air.
AFP world standing: 82nd half pipe.
1st slope style at the Nor Am in Ontario.
3rd slope style at the Nor Am in seven springs.
15th Slope style at the Nor Am in Aspen Open.
11th slope style at the Nor Am in Calgary.
11th slope style at the Step up tour in Quebec.
2016 SBX NorAM (Big White ) – 1st
2016 BSL NorAM (Big White) – 1st
2016 Sports Experts Speed Nation Nationals SBX– 1st (SB-UL category)
2017 PyeongChang 2018 SBX Test Event World Cup – 3rd
2017 World Championships SBX (Big White) – 7th
2017 World Championships BSL (Big White) – 8th
2017 Sports Experts Speed Nation Nationals SBX– 1st (SB-UL category)
2017 Brazilian Cup SBX (Correlco, Chile) – 1st
2017 World Cup SBX (Pyha, Finland) -3rd
2017-2018 Bank Slalom- 7th overall
2017-2018 SBX World Cup season/ 2nd overall
2018- Big White World Cup SBX- 2nd
World ranking overall in entire individual standings for both SBX and Bank Slalom- 4th overall
Curt Minard burst on to the Para-snowboard scene in Febuary 2016, taking home the gold medal in his first ever Snowboardcross & Banked Slalom races at a pair of NorAMs races at Big White Ski Resort, BC. From there, Minard went on to win the Canadian National Championship in 2016 in the Upper Limb Category, doing so with a broken shoulder which occurred in time qualifications. A year later, Minard would defend his National title as a member of the Para NextGen program and becoming a 2 time consecutive National Champion.
Curt capped off a strong 2016/2017 season, where he finished 6th overall in World Cup standings in SBX and Banked Slalom, in his first full season on the circuit. A highlight in the 2017 season was providing Canada’s lone medal, a bronze, at the official PyeongChang 2018 Pre-Paralympic Test event in Korea in Snowboardcross.
After an outstanding first season Curt was selected to the National Para team as an athlete of Canada Snowboard for the 2017/18 season. Currently, Curt is sitting in 4th overall in SBX and 8th overall in Bank Slalom World Standings as he prepares to compete in his first Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
When not snowboarding, Curt is an avid hockey player who has already captured Gold with Canada’s Standing Amputee Hockey Team at the 2012 World Championships in Finland. Curt has World medals in two different winter sports to add to his many accomplishments to date. Curt Has a long list of passions for athletics and when not on the snow at SilverStar or travelling the world he can be found in the gym, rink, mountain bike trails, golf course, tennis court or lake!
JOSH DUECK | ADAPTIVE SKI
Para-Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist, Josh is a role model for many. His passion, drive, and enthusiasm for snow sports in Canada are a true inspiration.SilverStar has been home to Josh from the start of his Paralympic career and are proud to have him representing and inspiring the next generation of SilverStar shredders.
"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