Biography:

Eric Mitchell represented Canada internationally in ski jumping from 2008 to 2013, including at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games where he was the first athlete in any sport to compete. Wearing bib number one, he opened the qualification round for the individual normal hill event prior to the Opening Ceremony. At 17-years-old, he was the youngest man on the Canadian Olympic team in Vancouver and one of the youngest in the entire ski jumping field. It was Mitchell who had ensured that Canada would be able to enter a full team of four ski jumpers at the home Games with his 30th place finish at a Continental Cup event in Otepaa, Estonia in December 2009 that earned the necessary qualification points. He retired from ski jumping in 2013 to focus on pursuing his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Calgary. On December 2, 2014 he was introduced as a founding ambassador for the COC’s One Team initiative. In 2015 the IOC appointed him Young Ambassador to Team Canada for the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

GETTING TO KNOW…

Mitchell is a passionate supporter of equality and inclusivity within the classrooms, locker rooms and board rooms of Canada, utilizing his experiences and stories from sport to connect people with the values of excellence, friendship and respect. He lives by the premise that greatness comes from not always the largest efforts, but often the smallest ones. Among his superstitions is to always put his left boot on first. While completing his accounting degree at the University of Calgary he worked in personal finance at TD Canada Trust. He is due to start working full time as an Assurance Associate with Ernst & Young LLP in September 2016 where he will start articling with CPA Canada.

Notable Results

2013: Won Canadian national title in the large hill in Whistler… 2011: Finished first in the FIS Cup normal hill event in Szczyrk, Poland… Finished a career-high 15th in the Continental Cup large hill event in PyeongChang, South Korea… 2009: Finished 30th in the Continental Cup normal hill event in Otepaa, Estonia to qualify for Vancouver 2010…