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Learning to ski as a young child while growing up in Thunder Bay, it was not long before this future Olympian took the skills she developed on the slopes, and combined them with her talents as a trampoline athlete, to develop into one of Canada’s top freestyle skiers. Taking to the freestyle water ramps at Big Thunder in 1993, she moved from the pool to the snow and in no time at all she was competing successfully within the Lake Superior Ski Division, claiming titles in her age division at local and Can-Am freestyle events.

Before too long she found herself on the national stage, winning a bronze medal at the 1998 Canadian Freestyle Championships at just fifteen years of age. Representing Ontario at the 1999 Canada Winter Games she put in a fourth place showing competing in moguls and aerials.

Named to the national development team, she became an aerial specialist and by 2003 she had made it to the top of the Nor-Am podium and earned a spot on the Canadian Freestyle Team. By 2004 she had cracked the World Cup top 10 and added a national silver medal to her growing collection. Undergoing surgery following the 2005 World Championship, she trained hard to get back in shape and went on to enjoy one of her best seasons ever, winning a World Cup silver medal and earning a coveted spot on the 2006 Canadian Olympic Freestyle Team, becoming the first-ever female Olympic skier from Northwestern Ontario. Competing against the best aerialists in the world, she put in a 15th place showing at the Torino Games.

Rounding out the 2006 season by winning her first of what would be four consecutive Canadian senior aerial titles, she continued to train and compete over the next four years, claiming more Nor-Am Cup medals and making top 10 placements on the World Cup circuit. With only one aerial spot available on the 2010 Canadian Olympic Freestyle Team, due to the introduction of ski-cross, she narrowly missed the chance to compete in her second Olympics. In the true spirit of sportsmanship she attended the Vancouver Games and proudly cheered on the Canadian squad.

Retiring from competition in 2010 to pursue her academic career, this world class athlete also gave back to her sport by coaching young freestyle skiers in Alberta, passing along her knowledge to the next generation.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 27th, 2014

Amber Peterson

Freestyle Skiing
Thunder Bay
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