Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes put himself into the history books in February 2013 when he became the first Canadian ski jumper to ever fly beyond the 200m mark. The jump of 205m came at a World Cup event in Harrachov, Czech Republic on a Flying Hill, which had a hill size of 205m compared to the Large Hill at Sochi 2014 which has a hill size of 140m.
But Boyd-Clowes’ high was short-lived. Just one week later at a World Cup in Willingen, Germany he fractured his collar bone and suffered abrasions to his face when he fell on the landing of a jump off a small 30m hill. After the competition had been cancelled due to strong winds, a few of the jumpers decided to entertain the fans on the small hill that had been built in the middle of the landing area.
Boyd-Clowes had made his Olympic debut at Vancouver 2010 as a member of the very young Canadian ski jumping team. He did not advance beyond the qualification round in either the individual normal hill or large hill events. Since then he has been competing more and more against the world’s best jumpers on the World Cup circuit instead of the lower tier Continental Cup. The record-setting jump in Harrachov helped him to a then-career best World Cup result, 19th place. It was one of four top-30 individual results he posted on the World Cup in 2012-13. He earned his first World Cup top-10 result in January 2014, finishing 9th in Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf.
9th in World Cup (January 11, 2014 in Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf, Austria)
Getting Into the Sport: Started ski jumping at age seven when his mother put him in a summer camp at Canada Olympic Park… She had seen an ad in a brochure and thought it would be a cool thing he would like… At age 10 was named to a developmental team aimed at being the 2010 team… Outside Interests: Enjoys film, music and going to concerts, comedy, reading… In the off-season must go on non-sport-related trips… Had been involved in other sports such as soccer, gymnastics and cross-country running… Odds and Ends: Graduated from the National Sport School in Calgary… Inspired by Swiss four-time Olympic champion Simon Ammann and one of his favourite Olympic memories was watching Ammann win the normal hill and large hill at Salt Lake City 2002… A favourite Canadian Olympic athlete is triathlete Simon Whitfield… Trains and travels with the American team…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
Olympic Winter Games: 2010 – 44th QR (NH), 45th QR (LH), 12th (team large hill)
FIS World Championships: 2011 – 39th (LH); 2009 – 46th (LH), 50th (NH)