Dave Duncan’s first Olympic experience at Vancouver 2010 was short-lived when he was injured during the first day of training at the Games and was unable to compete.
Duncan had earned his spot on the 2010 Olympic Team with his bronze medal at the World Cup in Lake Placid in late January. He followed that up with a silver medal at the Winter X Games in Aspen, where he was part of a Canadian podium sweep, creating high expectations for the team at Vancouver 2010. But two days before he was scheduled to compete in ski cross’ Olympic debut, Duncan’s ski tip got caught on a course feature during training and he broke his right collarbone.
In keeping with the wild and unpredictable nature of ski cross, Duncan’s results have been up and down. In 2011-12 he won his second Winter X Games medal, taking bronze in Aspen. He also had his best World Cup season, finishing sixth in the ski cross rankings thanks to two podium finishes.
Duncan is involved in keeping ski cross racers safe while competing. He sits as a skier representative on a safety panel recognized by FIS to hopefully ensure that no more skiers are fatally injured as his teammate and often roommate Nik Zoricic was in March 2012.
Getting Into the Sport: Has been skiing since he was three… After his first day on the slopes, his mother bought him new equipment and he was so excited he jumped up and down on the couch before falling off and breaking his arm… Got serious about skiing at age 14… Switched to ski cross from alpine after graduating from university and was named to the inaugural Canadian ski cross team… School: In 2002 accepted a ski scholarship to the University of Alaska, Anchorage where he was a three-time Academic All-American… In 2006 earned his Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology… Would like to one day fly helicopters for a living… Outside Interests: Enjoys exploring the outdoors… Favourite hobbies include biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, rock and ice climbing, kayaking… Also enjoys politics, improving his investment knowledge and playing squash… Odds and Ends: Former club rugby player… Looked up to alpine skier Thomas Grandi because he showed that hard work and perseverance pays off in the end… Has loved the Pittsburgh Penguins since the days of Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr… Affiliated with Wounded Warriors Canada and their Battlefield Ride… Favourite quote: “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary are the little things.” – Dale Hunter…
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Notable International Results
FIS World Championships: 2013 – 19th; 2011 – 19th
Winter X Games: 2012 – BRONZE; 2011 – 23rd; 2010 – SILVER