A true veteran of ski halfpipe, Mike Riddle won a silver medal while snow fell when the event made its Olympic debut at Sochi 2014 thanks to a clutch second run in the final.
Riddle was there when the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships included halfpipe events for the first time in 2005. He was also one of the competitors during the inaugural World Cup season for halfpipe in 2005-06. He won silver in his first-ever World Cup event in January 2006.
Over the years Riddle has competed in events hosted by both FIS and the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP). He won FIS top prize in 2011 when he captured his first world title. He had one of his best overall seasons in 2012-13, earning the Crystal Globe as the overall World Cup champion for ski halfpipe. He was on the podium in three of his four World Cup starts, including two victories and a third place finish at the Sochi 2014 test event. He also finished fourth in two important events, the FIS World Championships and the Winter X Games Europe.
2014 Olympic Silver Medallist (Halfpipe)… 2011 FIS World Champion (Halfpipe)… 2012-13 Crystal Globe Winner (Overall World Cup Champion Halfpipe)…
Getting into the Sport: Started skiing at age three… Got into freestyle when he was 13-14 and started competing in halfpipe at age 16 because he loved skiing but was bored keeping his feet on the ground… Outside Interests: Enjoys other sports such as mountain biking, golf, tennis, wakeboarding and skateboarding… Attended the University of Alberta for three semesters… Odds and Ends: Nicknames: Riddler, Milk… Had his Olympic dream sparked by Jean-Luc Brassard winning gold at Lillehammer 1994 and American Jonny Moseley at Nagano 1998… Inspired by people who have dominated or left a lasting impression on their sports, such as Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Sarah Burke… Favourite motto: Live every day to the fullest…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
FIS World Championships: 2013 – 4th; 2011 – GOLD; 2009 – 5th; 2005 – 15th
Winter X Games: 2014 – 4th (Aspen); 2013 – 14th (Aspen), 4th (Tignes); 2012 – 7th (Aspen), 11th (Tignes); 2011 – 15th (Aspen), 9th (Tignes); 2010 – 15th (Aspen); 2009 – 12th (Aspen); 2008 – 6th (Aspen); 2007 – 11th (Aspen)