How well do you know some of Team Canada’s winter sport athletes?

As we bundle up for the upcoming winter season, let’s take the time to know who Team Canada athletes are outside of the field of play. Are they songwriters in their spare time? Cooking up new recipes in the kitchen? Or maybe they have another interesting hobby?

Every Friday, we’ll be adding a new athlete to this list that you can follow on social media. If you do, in no time you’ll be an expert on Canadian athletes and ready to cheer them on as they compete on the international stage during the upcoming months.

Erik Read

Follow this winter athlete on Twitter and Instagram.

Son of one of Canada’s most famed alpine skiers, Crazy Canuck Ken Read, it is no surprise that Erik joined the world of skiing at age two and entered his first race at age six. Erik achieved his own career highlight during his FIS World Championship debut in 2015. He was a member of the underdog Canadian squad that defeated some of the most skilled skiers in the world to win silver in the team event!

Erik Read mid-competition in the giant slalom at PyeongChang 2018. He is wearing a red, orange and white suit, and a chrome yellow helmet with matching goggles.

Canada’s Erik Read competes in the men’s giant slalom at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea, Sunday, February 18, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – COC – Jason Ransom

In his Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018, Erik was the top-ranked Canadian in the men’s giant slalom, finishing 11th. He made his World Cup debut in January 2011 in Schladming, Switzerland and will be kicking off the 2020-2021 World Cup season on October 18th in Sölden, Austria. His interests outside of skiing include hiking and mountain biking.

Dahria Beatty

Follow this winter athlete on Twitter and Instagram.

Joining the sport at age three, Dahria Beatty is no stranger to the world of cross-country skiing. Beatty has been representing Canada internationally since 2009-10. During that season she competed in the first of her three world junior championships. She made her World Cup debut on home snow in Canmore in December 2010 but began competing regularly on the circuit in January 2016. Beatty posted her career-best individual result – a 15th place finish in the sprint  – in March 2016 during the Ski Tour Canada in Canmore.

Team Canada Dahria Beatty PyeongChang 2018

Canada’s Dahria Beatty competes in the ladies’ team sprint at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea, Wednesday, February 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – COC Ð Jason Ransom

Beatty raced in five events in her Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018, and hopes to represent Canada at Beijing 2022. Her interests outside of sport include; baking, painting landscapes, and playing with her dogs.

Check back here every Friday for a new Team Canada athlete taking the winter season by storm.