Biography:

First Canadian ski jumper to advance past qualifying round at Olympic Winter Games … Has competed in two WC … Set Canadian record in 2006 … First Canadian since 1991 to receive points toward world ranking … National champion six consecutive years.

GETTING TO KNOW…

Nephew of Olympian alpine skier Ken Read, who he considers his idol … Started out in alpine ski racing before switching to ski jumping … Has one brother, Andrew (26) … Studied accounting and macroeconomics at SAIT college in Calgary in 2007 … Pastimes include soccer, working on his motorbike, hockey and mountain climbing … Not scared of jumping 194 metres in the air but is fearful of needles!