Kevin Hill has wanted to compete at the Olympic Games, no matter what sport, since the first time he saw them on television. He came up just short of making that dream come true at Vancouver 2010, when he came from almost out of nowhere to just miss qualifying for the Canadian team. Four years later he was the top Canadian in men’s snowboard cross at Sochi 2014, finishing second in the Small Final for eighth place overall. That came just a couple of weeks after he just missed the podium with a fourth place finish at the Winter X Games in Aspen.
Hill had made his World Cup debut in February 2009 at the official Vancouver 2010 test event at Cypress Mountain. He had the best season of his career in 2010-11 when he finished ninth in the overall World Cup standings for snowboard cross thanks to four top-10 finishes. That included a near-podium fourth place in February 2011, just a couple of weeks after he won silver at the Winter X Games in Aspen.
2011 Winter X Games Silver Medallist…
Getting into the Sport: Started snowboarding at age 19… Loved the speed and airtime as well as competing against others… Outside Interests: Former BMX racer… Does some racing during the off-season… Also enjoys cliff jumping, downhill mountain biking, surfing and wakeboarding… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Kskills… Favourite Olympic memory is watching teammate Maëlle Ricker win gold at Vancouver 2010… Inspired by tennis player Rafael Nadal for the length of time he has been at the top of his game and for his good sportsmanship… Favourite quote: “Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. Sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.” – Vince Lombardi…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
FIS World Championships: 2013 – 33rd (SBX); 2011 – 14th (SBX)
Winter X Games: 2014 – 4th; 2012 – 24th (Aspen); 2011 – SILVER (Aspen); 2010 – 21st (Aspen)