Mercedes Nicoll is a veteran of the Canadian women’s halfpipe team who competed in her third Olympic Winter Games at Sochi 2014, finishing 25th. At Vancouver 2010 she posted the second-best Olympic result ever by a Canadian halfpipe snowboarder (male or female) when she finished sixth.
Nicoll has been representing Canada in World Cup competition since December 1999, just a couple of years after she first made the switch to snowboard from skiing. Heading into the 2013-14 season she had eight World Cup podiums to her credit and had twice finished fourth in the overall World Cup standings for halfpipe (2004-05 and 2009-10). Another highlight of the most recent Olympic season was her fourth place finish at the 2010 Winter X Games Europe.
Nicoll has always had a drive to make it to the next competition. That was especially important after she fell during the opening round of competition at Turin 2006. She finished 27th and knew that she needed to return to the Olympic Games.
Getting into the Sport: Started snowboarding at age 13… Had been a skier but after moving to Whistler when she was 12 she found friends who were snowboarders so she made the switch the next year… Had also been a figure skater as a child… Outside Interests: Enjoys yoga and outside sports such as biking… Works casually during the summer for the Whistler Resort Municipality in operations and events… Volunteers with the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation as well as Big Brothers and Big Sisters Whistler… Also supports the Be Active Every Day initiative by the BC Medical Association… Odds and Ends: Favourite Olympic memory is the love that Canadians had for all of the athletes at Vancouver 2010 and seeing how the country could come together to support them… Collects her competition bibs and accreditations… Favourite quote: “The most important thing in life is to be yourself… Unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman!”
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
FIS World Championships: 2013 – 14th (HP); 2011 – 8th (HP); 2009 – 20th (HP); 2007 – 11th (HP); 2005 – 10th (HP); 2003 – 19th (HP)