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Amanda Thomson Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 2000
Club: Whitehorse cross country ski club
Years on Academy: This will be my second year with the academy!
Education: University of Calgary, concurrent degree in math and education

Career Highlights: 

  • 2018/ 2019 2nd Junior Girl Category
  • Cross country skiing is a team sport so I like racing side by side with my team mates, so coming in 4th with my training partner Hannah Jirousek in this past years Nationals team relay was for sure a career highlight.
  • I love traveling for my sport so another favourite of mine was going to Utah when I was 16 for the world junior trials.

Favorite Place to Ski: I love skiing in Whitehorse, on the Mount Mac ski trails

Favorite Recovery Meal:  Burrito

Interesting Fact about Me: I enjoy photography, my pets being my primary models and taking a snapshot of all the amazing adventures I do up in the Yukon.

Equipment: Rossignol boots and Fisher

Instagram:  manda_thomson_

Beth Granstrom Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 2000
Club: Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club
Years on Academy: 2
Education: University of Calgary, Biological Sciences 

Career Highlights:

  • 2017 Westerns 1st place in classic int. 10km
  • 2017 Nationals 1st place classic int. 10km
  • 2017 Nationals 3rd place classic sprints
  • 2017 Vernon NorAm 3rd place 5km mass start classic
  • 2018 World junior trials 5th skate sprints
  • 2017 junior girl 1st aggregate at nationals
  • 2018 Junior National Ski Team
  • 2018 Nationals 2nd in interval start 10km classic

Favorite Place to Ski: Silver Star

Interesting Fact about Me: I can ride a unicycle. My twin sister and I are the sixth generation of our family to have been raised in Revelstoke.

Instagram: bethlgranstrom

Equipment: Fischer and Swix

Dahria Beatty Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 1994
Hometown: Whitehorse, YK
Club: Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club
Years on Academy: 8

Education:  Currently working on my Bachelor of Management in Marketing through Athabasca University

Career Highlights

  • 16th Dresden World Cup Skate Sprint
  • 24th 2019 Lahti World Cup Skate Sprint
  • 1st 2019 Ski Nationals 10 km Skate
  • 15th Ski Tour Canada – Canmore classic sprint stage
  • 2015-2016 Haywood NorAm series winner and Buff Sprint NorAm series winner
  • 25th -2016 Davos World Cup – Skate Sprint
  • 12th – 2017 U23 World Championships – Classic Sprint

Favorite Place to Ski: Sovereign Lakes, BC and Mt McIntyre trails in Whitehorse

Favorite Recovery Meal: Raspberry, ginger, banana smoothie topped with coconut, slivered almonds and dark chocolate chips

Words I live by: “Great things never came from comfort zones” “Happiness is a warm butt” ~ Every woman who skis.

Interesting Fact about Me: I am 23 years old and have always lived with a dog! and my favorite color is purple

Personal Sponsors:

Ground Truth Exploration

Proskida

Ryanwood Exploration

Skookum Asphalt Ltd.

Icycle Sport

Rancho Vignola

Buff Canada

Capital Helicopters

Alkan Air

Website: www.dahriabeatty.com

Instagram: dahriabeatty
Twitter: @DahriaBeatty
Facebook: dahriabeattyskier

Equipment:

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Laurence Dumais Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 1997
Club: Fondeurs – Laurentides
Year on Academy: 3 

Education:  Bachelor’s Degree in Business, concentrating in Accounting

Skiing Achievements you are proud of:
– 2012 nationals champion
– 3rd in the aggregate, 2013 Whistler nationals
– Quebec cups champion, 2014
– 3rd in the classic sprint, Thunder Bay nationals 2015

Instagram: @laurence.dumais
Facebook: Laurence Dumais

Interesting fact about Me? Used to be a competitve road biker before becoming competitve skier.
What is your favorite place to ski race: Feutersoey, Switzerland
What is your favorite recovery meal: Lots of pasta!
Any inspirational quote that you would like to share? “Don’t lose the grip on the dreams of the past, you must fight just to keep them alive” – Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan and keyboardist Jim Peterik

What equipment do you use? skis, poles, boots and bindings.

Maya MacIsaac Jones Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 1995
Club: Rocky Mountain Racers
Years on Academy: 2
Education: Working on Undergraduate degree in Psychology

Career Highlights: 

  • 2018 and 2019 Sprint National Champion
  • 2019 Senior World Championships Team Member
  • 18th place at the 2018 U13 World Championships
  • Former Senior National Ski Team Member (2016-2019)
  • Former Junior National Team Member (2011-2015)

Favorite Place to Ski: Gatineau Park

Favorite Recovery Meal:  Pasta

Interesting Fact about Me: I’ve re-read Harry Potter more times than I can count

Personal Sponsors:  Trail Sports, Home Hardware Athabasca, Paintbox Lodge

Equipment: Rossignol, Alpina and SWIX

Instagram:  mayamacisaacjones

Nathaniel Mah Info

Nordic Combined Athlete

Year of Birth: 1995
Club: Altius Nordic Ski Club
Years on Academy: 2
Education: High School Diploma

Career Highlights:

  • 50th FIS World Championships
  • 27th 2019 Park City COC HS 100/ 10 km
  • 33rd 2018 FIS Summer Grand Prix Planica HS 145/10km
  • 3 x Canadian National Champion
  • 7 x Canadian National Medalist
  • 28th 2018 Planica COC HS 145/10km
  • 49th 2017 FIS World Championships Lahti FIN
  • 39th 2017 FIS Summer Grand Prix Planica HS 145/10km
  • 6th 2017 US National Championships
  • 31st 2014 FIS World Junior Championships Predazzo ITA
  • Bronze 2012 Youth Olympic Games Innsbruck AUT
  • 2013 NORAM Champion Calgary AB 

Favorite Place to Ski: Seefeld, Aut

Interesting Fact about Me: I’m a huge Doritos fan!

Personal Sponsors: Rossignol, 2xu, START, Honey Stinger, Suunto, Balanced Health Sport Therapy

Equipment: Rossignol,START, Slatnar, Uvex, Smith

Instagram:  nathaniel_mah

 

Paige Latta Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 2000
Club: Sovereign Lake Nordic Center
Years on Academy:   This will be my first year on The Academy!
Education:   I am currently in my first year of Sciences at the University of Calgary but I will be switching into Kinesiology next fall

Career Highlights:

  • 4th Nationals 20km
  • Training and racing in Europe
  • Getting on the podium for mixed team relay at Nationals

Favorite Place to Ski: Sovereign Lake

Favorite Recovery Meal:  Pasta and garlic bread

Interesting Fact about Me: I can play the drums

Personal Sponsors Stussi Sport, Hilltop Subaru, Loland and Taves Dentistry, Phoenix Steakhouse, Paradigm Naturopathic, Alpina

Instagram: Paigelatta

Equipment: Swix poles, Alpina boots, Fisher skis

Annika Richardson Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 1998
Club: Lappe Nordic
Years on Academy: This will be my first year with the academy!
Education: Slowly working on a HBSc in Geology

Career Highlights: 

  • Represented Canada at the Youth Olympic Games in 2019, World Juniors in 2017/18, World Cup Finals 2017/19

Favorite Place to Ski: Silverstar and Sovereign Lake

Favorite Recovery Meal:  Smoothie Bowls and Coffee

Interesting Fact about Me: My current project is to successfully make a delicious sourdough starter.

Equipment: SWIX and Fisher

Instagram:  annika.richardson

Elizabeth Elliott Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 2000
Club: Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club
Years on Academy: 2nd year
Education: Bachelor of Biological Science at the University of Calgary

Your favorite place to ski? Silver Star or my home trails in Revelstoke BC

What is your best recovery meal?   Nick Randall’s Finish Pancakes

Interesting Fact about yourself?  I can play the violin

Hannah Jirousek Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 2000
Club: Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club
Years on Academy: 2
Education: Bachelor of Nursing (RN)

 Career Highlights:

  • One of my favorite races was the 2018 Nationals team sprint in Thunder Bay with my teammate, Amanda Thomson, where we finished 4th
  • Another race highlight was racing the AWG 2018 team relay with my little sister and Amanda, where we finished 1st

Favorite Place to Ski: Whitehorse Cross Country ski trails!

Favorite Recovery Meal: Canmore Pasta

Interesting Fact about Me: I speak three languages- English, French and Czech and I LOVE dogs!

Instagram: h_jirousek

Mathieu Bilodeau Info

Speed Walker 

Year of Birth: 1983
Club: Big Thunder Nordic Ski Club
Years on Academy: This will be my first year with the academy!
Education: CPA – Bachelor in Accounting 

Career Highlights:  

  • 14th IAAF World Championship and 2016 Rio Olympics 

Favorite Place to Ski: Lake Placid 

Favorite Recovery Meal:  Banana 

Interesting Fact about Me: I am a full-time accountant at Deloitte 

Personal SponsorsOsmo Nutrition, Great Bike North 

Michael MacIsaac-Jones Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 1997
Club: Rocky Mountain Racers
Years on Academy: 4
Education: Second Year University

 Career Highlights: 

  • Top 5 at Canadian National Championships

Favorite Place to Ski Race: SilverStar
Favorite Recovery Meal: Pasta with meat sauce
Interesting Fact about Me: I really enjoy hunting!

Personal Sponsors:  Byram Family Foundation, Rossignol

Instagram: michael_macisaac

Equipment:  Rossignol

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Nicholas Randall Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 2000
Club: Big Thunder Nordic
Years on Academy: 2
EducationUniversity of Calgary, Majoring in Chemistry

 

Career Highlights:

  • 9th – YOB Aggregate Canadain National Championships 2019
  • 8th – Canadian National Championships 2018 – Sprint
  • 10th – Canadian National Championships 2016 – 5km Cl Int
  • 2nd – OCup #1 2016 – 5km Cl Int

Favorite Place to Ski: Canmore Nordic Centre

Favorite Recovery Meal: Tuna Melts

Interesting Fact about Me: I lived in France and raced with La Féclaz during the 2016/17 season

Equipment: Salomon and KV+

Instagram: nicholasmrandall

Sadie White Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 1996
Club: Big Thunder Nordic Ski Club
Years on Academy: This will be my first year with the academy!
Education: Lakehead University

Career Highlights: 

  • Competed at World Juniors, U23’s and World Cup Finals

Favorite Place to Ski: Silver Star

Favorite Recovery Meal:  Ice Cream

Interesting Fact about Me: I worked at a fruit stand last summer!

Equipment: Salomon and KV+

Instagram:  sadiee_white

Benita Peiffer Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

 Year of Birth: 2000

Club: Whistler Nordic

Years on Academy: This will be my first year with the academy!
Education: University of Calgary

 Career Highlights: 

  •  2019 National Sprint Champion
  • 2019 2 * 2nd place at the Canada Games
  • 2019 Junior National Ski Team
  • 2019 Senior National Development Team Biathlon
  • 2018 Junior National Ski Team
  • 2018 11th at Biathlon World Juniors

 Favorite Place to Ski: Sparenmoos, Switzerland 

Favorite Recovery Meal:  Waffles or Pasta

 Interesting Fact about Me: I love bunnies and I can speak German

 Personal SponsorsRossignol, Nordic Ski Grinds, SWIX

Equipment: Rossignol and SWIX

 Instagram:  benitapeiffer

 

Emily Nishikawa Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 1989
ClubWhitehorse cross country
Years on Academy: 10
Education: Athabasca University 

Career Highlights
– 2 x Olympian

What is an interesting fact about yourself? I would like to be a teacher after my ski racing career
Your favorite place to ski? Whitehorse
What is your best recovery meal? Pasta

Personal Sponsors: Ryanwood Exploration

What equipment do you use? skis, poles, boots/bindings.

Instagram: Emnish89

Jack Carlyle Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 1993
Club: Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club
Years on Academy: 5

Career Highlights:

  • U23 2016 World Championship Team
  • 32nd 2016 U23 World Championships – 15km Skate
  • 3rd Aggregate U23 Men – 2016 Canadian National Championships
  • 4th  2017 Canadian National Championships 10Km Skate
  • 2nd 2017 Eastern Canadian Championships – 20Km Skate
  • 6th  Canadian National Championships – 50km Skate
  • 6th – Swiss Cup 2017 – 10km Classic
  • 2nd Noram Rossland – 15 Km Classic

Favorite Place to Ski:

  • Silver Star and Sovereign Lake, BC
  • Paulson, BC
  • Hiawatha Highlands, ON

Favorite Recovery Meal: Kimchi Fried Rice
Words I live by: “Life is like going the wrong way on a moving sidewalk, to get ahead you gotta hustle.”
Interesting Fact about Me: I’m a big food person, and I can thank my mother for that. It’s about the simple pleasures in life; cheese, bread, peanut butter, cream, avocado, eggs, pasta etc.

Personal Sponsors: Graymont Mines, Bay Dental, Anonymous Support

Website: jackcarlyle.squarespace.com
Instagram: jackcarlyle
Twitter: @carlylejack 

Equipment: Alpina, Fischer, Leki

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Matthew Strum Info
Biathlon Athlete

Year of Birth: 1995 

Club: Canmore Nordic / Foothills Nordic

Years on Academy: 2

 Education: National Sport School – Calgary 

Career Highlights:

  • 2 Tours on IBC Cup Circuit
  • Competing at the Youth Junior World Championships for Biathlon on 3 separate occasions

Favorite Place to Ski: Whistler, BC

 Interesting Fact about Me: Really into mountain biking 

Personal Sponsors: Clint Cawsey, Your name here!

Instagram:  matthewstrum

 

Nate Gerwing Info

Biathlete

Year of Birth: 1995
Years on Academy: This will be my first year with the academy!

Career Highlights: 

  • Bronze in 2016 Canadian Biathlon Nationals Mixed Relay

Favorite Place to Ski: Silver Star

Favorite Recovery Meal:  Cheeseburgers

Interesting Fact about Me:  I also race Enduro Mountain Biking at the National level

Equipment: Rossignol

Instagram:  nategerwing

Nicolas Bennett Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 2000
Club: NWT High Performance Ski Team
Years on Academy: 2
Education: Second year Bachelor of Arts U of C

Career Highlights:

  • Nationals 2019 30 km Classic
  • Silver at Arctic Winter Games 2018
  • 9/72 1.2 km Skate Sprint at Canadian Nationals 2018
  • 4th at Western Canadian Champs in 10km Classic
  • Silver at Eastern Canadian Champs in 3km Prologue

Favorite Place to Ski: Canmore, AB

Favorite Recovery Meal: Salmon

Interesting Fact about Me: I love the outdoors, travelling, Scuba Diving, eating tacos, and I am a major coffee enthusiast

Personal Sponsors: Rossignol and Barren Ground Coffee Co.

Equipment:  Rossignol and SWIX

Instagram: Bennett_nicolas

Thomas Manktelow Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 1998
Club: Canmore Nordic Ski Club
Years on Academy: 4 

Career Highlights:

  • Midget NorAm Champion
  • 2nd Canadian National Championships – Sprint
  • 3rd Overall 2014 Canadian National Championships
  • 1st 2014 Western Canadian Championships – Sprint
  • Eastern Canadian Champion 2016

Favorite Place to Ski: Canmore Nordic Centre

Favorite Recovery Meal: Smoothie and eggs

Words I live by: “Set your goals high and don’t stop until you get there”

Interesting Fact about Thomas: He can ride a unicycle!
Personal Sponsors: Rossignol, Unlimited Skate and Snow

Facebook: Thomas Manktelow
Instagram: thomasmanktelow
Equipment: Rossignol

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Partners

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