Inspired by coaching Sochi 2014 hopeful Katie Tsuyuki, Crispin Lipscomb came out of retirement to compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games himself.
Lipscomb was the top-ranked Canadian in the men’s halfpipe at Turin 2006 with his 11th place finish. Following those Games, he earned his first World Cup victory in March 2006. He added another World Cup gold in March 2008 as part of his five career World Cup podiums.
Following the death of a close friend, Lipscomb decided to retire in January 2010, ending his chances of competing at the home Games in Vancouver. But in preparing Tsuyuki for her Olympic dream, he renewed his own interest in competing. He returned to World Cup halfpipe competition in August 2013.
Five career World Cup podiums… Two career World Cup victories…
Getting into the Sport: Started snowboarding at age 12 as a winter replacement for skateboarding… Outside Interests: Enjoys snowmobiling, skateboarding and woodworking… During retirement studied Buddhism and worked with young Korean snowboarders… Odds and Ends: Affiliated with Ronald McDonald House Charities BC… Favourite Olympic memory is walking into the Turin 2006 Opening Ceremony… Role model was 1998 and 2002 Olympian halfpipe snowboarder Mike Michalchuk… Reads Buddhist text before competition… Favourite quote: “Chop wood before enlightenment, carry water after enlightenment.” – Buddha…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
FIS World Championships: 2007 – 6th (HP); 2005 – 9th (HP); 2003 – 15th (HP)