DOB: February 28, 1991
Occupation: cross-country ski racer
Hometown: Banff, Alberta, Canada
Current Hometown: Davos, Graubünden, Switzerland
Team: SwissSki B Kader / SAS Zürich Kandidaten
Favourite food: Mexican anything
Favourite event: Skate Sprint
Studying: Currently High German, enrolled in Athabasca University
Languages: English, German and freestyle German (Swiss German and whatever else comes out...)
The mountains and community of the Bow Valley have always provided with me the greatest inspiration. What began as a way to spend time exploring in the woods with my friends and family, cross country skiing quickly developed into my full time passion. I was born and raised in Banff, Alberta and have chosen a less conventional route for education as a student of sport. It's a tough curriculum none the less with some of the hardest and most rewarding lessons. I spend May-November training on roller skis, running, biking and skiing and start the competitive season in November racing until the end of March.
From 2008 until 2015 I was part of the Alberta World Cup Academy in Canmore, Alberta, the Canadian National Ski Team from 2013-2015 and represented Canada at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
In the spring of 2015, I was offered an opportunity to join the Swiss National Team. I am now taking advantage of this incredible opportunity, and race for Switzerland! Why did I change nations? The opportunity came at a time when I had just come off of a disappointing season which led to me not being re-selected to the Canadian National Team. Talk about a good time to make some lemon juice. The connection to the Swiss National Team traces back to when Christian Flury (SwissSki), his wife Barbara Flury-Mettler and then 3-year-old Jon Arvid (now 8 and older brother to 5-year-old Maurin) lived in Canmore (2009/10) to help coach the Alberta World Cup Academy. When they moved back to Switzerland we kept in touch and in 2013, I came to Davos for one month to see a new training environment, culture and team setup. I fell in love with the country, training setup, team environment and challenge of communicating in a new language. It didn't hurt that a part of me has always belonged in Switzerland, and not just because the name Heidi is written on everything from the milk in the store to the dolls in the shop. Since June of 2015, I have been living in Davos, Switzerland. Racing and training with the Swiss National team has been a great decision for me, putting my best season to date in the 2015/16 history books with two World Cup top-30 sprint results (Davos 2015 and Planica 2016, my first WC points to date) and being nominated from C to B team for the 2016/17 season.
My Swiss father and Canadian mother as well as three older siblings (and a niece!) makes me one well supported Swiss-Canadian racer, even if they all live on the other side of the ocean. This season I will start my World Cup season in December in Davos with goals of qualifying for the 2017 World Championships in Lahti, Finland and 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang, South Korea. I am excited for the road ahead and although this change hasn't come without a fair amount of challenges, I am confident that by immersing myself and being open to new philosophies and opportunities, I only have room to grow.
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