Biography:

Kevin Hill earned Canada’s best men’s snowboard cross finish in a decade at the world championships when he won the silver medal in 2015. A week later, he dominated every heat en route to gold at the Winter X Games in Aspen, adding to the silver medal he’d won in 2011. Also in 2014-15, he finished a career-best fourth in the overall World Cup snowboard cross standings, bolstered by podiums in back-to-back races in Veysonnaz, Switzerland. Hill’s first World Cup podium had come in December 2013 when he placed third in Montafon, Austria. A career-best second-place finish came at the World Cup in Baqueira Beret, Spain in March 2016.

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 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 after an unfortunate crash kept him out of the Big Final. That came just a couple of weeks after he just missed the podium with a fourth-place finish at the Winter X Games. Hill made his World Cup debut in February 2009 at the official Vancouver 2010 test event at Cypress Mountain in just his second competitive season.

PERSONAL

Getting into the Sport: Started snowboarding at age 19, gravitating toward snowboard cross at 22 because of his love for speed and airtime from racing BMX… Outside Interests: Since he was 10 could be found BMX racing, dirt biking and riding the skate park… Other extreme sports include cliff jumping, downhill mountain biking, wakeboarding, surfing… Loves being active and lifting weights, whether in a gym or on a beach… Would like to become a full time stock trader and own his own indoor extreme park for kids… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Kskills… Favourite Olympic memory is watching teammate Maëlle Ricker win gold at Vancouver 2010… Role model is former teammate Rob Fagan who took him under his wing and influenced him with his positive attitude… 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…