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First discovering the sport of skiing at the age of 9, while on an excursion with his school, this Thunder Bay athlete would go on to develop into a world class skier. Joining the Lake Superior Ski Division (LSSD) he competed in all three freestyle events (aerials, ballet and moguls).

In no time at all he was making a name for himself, claiming his first of many national titles bringing home a gold medal in the juvenile men's ballet, and a silver medal in the aerial event from the 1990 Canadian Junior Freestyle Championships in Prince George, B.C. The following year he claimed the 1991 juvenile men's overall title, placing 2nd in ballet, 3rd in aerials and 5th in moguls.

Specializing in ballet (which became known as acro in 1996), his back to back national junior titles in 1992 and 1993, and his silver medal performance at the 1993 Nor Am Championships, earned him a spot on the national development team.

Making his way onto the National Ski Team for the 1994 95 season, he represented Canada with distinction at World Cup events and World Championships for five seasons, constantly placing in the top 10. Progressing steadily each year, he went from an impressive 15th overall World Cup ranking in his first year to an exceptional 7th place ranking just two years later.

Dominating the national scene, his victory at the 1998 Canadian Championships was a three peat, having being crowned the nations top acro skier in 1996 and 1997.

Competing at the 1999 World Freestyle Ski Championships in Meiringen, Switzerland, the highest level possible for this non Olympic discipline, his silver medal performance was record setting. It marked the highest placement ever by a Canadian in acro skiing and the only medal won that year by any Canadian skier at a World championship.

Adding a World Cup bronze medal to his collection in 2000, he officially retired from a decade long skiing career that saw him as one of Canada's premier acro skiers.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 24, 2005

Mike McDonald

Skiing (Freestyle)
Thunder Bay
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