At Sochi 2014 Dara Howell won the first ever Olympic gold medal awarded in ski slopestyle. Howell dominated the competition, beginning with the top score in the qualification round. In the final, her incredible first run earned her 94.20 points, which gave her the victory by almost nine points.
At age 17, Howell was the youngest female competitor at the 2012 Winter X Games in Aspen where she finished sixth in slopestyle. She would go on to win the bronze medal at the 2012 Winter X Games in Tignes before she had even graduated from high school.
The 2012-13 season saw Howell enjoy even more success. She won her first FIS World Cup medal and captured silver at the 2013 FIS World Championships behind Canadian teammate Kaya Turski. She also won bronze at both Winter X Games in Aspen and Tignes.
2014 Olympic Champion (Slopestyle)… 2013 FIS World Silver Medallist (Slopestyle)… 2013 Winter X Games Bronze Medallist (Slopestyle)… 2012 and 2013 Winter X Games Europe Bronze Medallist (Slopestyle)…
Getting Into Sport: Was on skis at 18 months old… Moved into freestyle skiing after “rebelling” from alpine racing and figure skating when she was 15… Had grown up as a ski racer in the Nancy Greene program but found that it wasn’t fun… Loved the jumping aspect of figure skating but nothing else… Outside Interests: Enjoys wakeboarding, surfing, shopping… Loves hanging out at the lake during the off-season… Graduated from Huntsville High School in 2012… Odds and Ends: Motto: If you put your mind into it, you can do it… Says her greatest fear is dogs… Always has a bracelet in the pocket of her coat as a good luck charm… Always takes a blanket with her when she travels…Favourite TV show: Pretty Little Liars… Gets shivers when watching Canadian athletes on the podium while O Canada plays…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
FIS World Championships: 2013 – SILVER
Winter X Games: 2014 – 4th (Aspen); 2013 – BRONZE (Aspen), BRONZE (Tignes); 2012 – 6th (Aspen), BRONZE (Tignes)