Hometown: Canmore, AB
Born: Ottawa, ON
Ski Club: Canmore Nordic Ski Club
DOB: June 26, 1991
Academia: Athabasca University
Favorite Workout: Mountain biking or short, hard intensity
Favorite Race: 10km Skate
2011/2012 Season Goal: Top 30 at U23 Championships
Words I Live By
"Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever." ~ Lance Armstrong
Poles: One Way
Annika Hicks, born in Ottawa, Ontario and spent the first ten years of her life in Chelsea, Quebec. When her family felt the call of the Rocky Mountains, they chose Canmore to be their new home. Competing in gymnastics, alpine skiing, biathalon and cross-country skiing, it wasn’t until Annika was 15 years old and raced her first Alberta Cup that she decided this is something worth putting on spandex for. Spending many evenings after school racing around the ski trails with the Canmore Nordic Ski Club, Annika began traveling to bigger races where the passion for racing continued to feed her competitive nature. With the coaching support of Jean-Pierre Bohard and later Alain Parent, Annika began to see her natural talent in the sport pay off on the results list.
In her 2009-10 season, Annika was named to the Canadian Junior Team after an impressive season. Based on her races prior to February 2010, Annika was selected to race the OPA circuit (FIS sanctioned races with a competitive European field) in Switzerland and Italy. Finishing 16th in the 10km Skate in Campra, Switzerland, Annika proved she had a niche in this event by winning the same event at the 2010 National Championships in Whitehorse, Yukon. A distance oriented skier, Annika has medaled in both Classic and Skate events and won the10km Classic event on the US Super Tour in Winthrop, Washington. Annika’s engine and fitness are hard to match, especially on the toughest of courses. Good things really do come in small packages.
Annika is taking correspondence courses from Athabasca and also spends her spare time crocheting or sewing. This will be Annika’s second season with the Academy and she keeps motivated by the notion that there is always room for improvement. Her competitive nature ensures that she is constantly seeking success but balances out this determination with a positive, relaxed and funny personality. This season, Annika has her eyes on Europe with the goal of representing Canada at the World Junior Championships in Otepaa, Estonia.
2011 – National Championships, Canmore, Alberta: 1 (20km Skate)
2011 – National Championships, Canmore, Alberta: 3 (10km Classic)
2011 – National Championships, Canmore, Alberta: 1 (4th Open) (5km Skate)
2011 – Canada Winter Games, Martock, Nova Scotia: 4 (7.5km Skate)
2011 – World Junior Championships, Otepää, Estonia: 31 (10km Pursuit)
2010 – Nor Am, Rossland, British Columbia: 2 (overall mini-tour standings)
2010 – Nor Am, Sovereign Lakes, British Columbia: 2 (10km Skate)
2010 – National Championships, Whitehorse, Yukon: 1 (10km Skate)
2009 – National Championships, Duntroon, Ontario: 2 (10km Skate)
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