Meryeta O’Dine earned her first career World Cup podium in February 2017 when she finished third in the snowboard cross race in Feldberg, Germany.
Zoe Bergermann made her World Cup debut in February 2013 on home snow in Blue Mountain, Ontario. In both 2012-13 and 2013-14 she finished second in the overall SBX standings on the Nor-Am Cup circuit, reaching the podium in six of seven races in the latter season, including four wins.
Dave Greszczyszyn was 27-years-old when he first tried skeleton in the fall of 2007. A year later, he was competing in his first North American Cup races, having left behind his full-time job as a teacher in Ontario to move to Calgary for training full time.
After spending 2015-16 primarily on the Europa Cup circuit, Nick Poloniato joined the World Cup team full-time in 2016-17. He surpassed all expectations with a fifth-place finish in the two-man event at the world championships with Neville Wright.
Jane Channell was instantly addicted to skeleton the first time she took a run down an ice track, loving the adrenaline that came with riding the fine line between being in control and out of control. Channell joined the World Cup circuit in the second half of the 2014-15 season but had her breakout moment at the 2015 World Championships where she finished fourth.
Just two years after he first started sliding at the Alberta skeleton school, Kevin Boyer entered his first North American Cup races in November 2012 and posted back-to-back top-10 finishes on the Calgary track.
Alex Kopacz celebrated his first World Cup podium in January 2016 when he was part of Justin Kripps’ four-man crew that won bronze in Lake Placid. In the 2017-18 season the Kripps-Kopacz earned four podiums together in the two-man event, including one victory.
Melissa Lotholz and Kaillie Humphries reached the podium in all eight World Cup races in 2015-16, winning gold at four of them, to claim the overall World Cup title.
Less than two months after Christine de Bruin switched from a World Cup brakeman to a development pilot she finished fourth in her first North American Cup race in March 2013. In 2015, de Bruin won three North American Cup races in a row, and proceeded to make her World Cup debut as a pilot a year later.
Barrett Martineau started training for Nordic combined in 1998 and spent 12 years ski jumping and cross-country skiing, before transitioning into skeleton. He entered his first international skeleton race, a North American Cup race, in March 2012.
Elisabeth Vathje turned heads during the 2014-15 skeleton season. As a World Cup rookie, she stood on the podium with a silver medal from her very first race in Lake Placid. She capped the year with a bronze medal in her first world championship appearance.
In an impressive debut World Cup season, Mirela Rahneva stood on the podium four times, including her first World Cup victory in St. Moritz.
Cam Stones attended his first scouting combine at age 22 and a year later made his international bobsleigh debut in January 2015 in a North American Cup race. He made his World Cup debut in January 2016.
Josh Kirkpatrick made his first World Cup start as a member of Chris Spring’s four-man crew in 2014 after attending at talent ID camp that summer.
Alysia Rissling made history in February 2015 during a North American Cup race in Park City, Utah when she became the first ever pilot of an all-female four-man sled in an internationally sanctioned race.
Kevin Drury made his World Cup debut as a ski cross racer in December 2015. His first big World Cup breakthrough came at the Olympic test event of the Phoenix Snow Park in February 2016 when he finished fourth in his first appearance in a Big Final.
In her first year of ski cross racing, India Sherret represented Canada at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck where she finished fourth. In 2012-13, she was the overall Nor-Am Cup champion for ski cross and in 2015 she was crowned world junior champion.
In November 2017, Evan McEachran earned his first World Cup podium with a second-place finish in Stubai, Austria. He added a bronze medal to his resume at Mammoth Mountain, California in January 2018.
Alex Bellemare had his first international breakthrough when he finished second in a World Cup ski slopestyle event at Mammoth Mountain, California in March 2012. After finishing fourth at the 2013 Winter X Games in Aspen, Bellemare stepped onto the podium in 2015, winning the bronze medal.
As part of an outstanding 2014-15 season, Teal Harle won gold in slopestyle and big air at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George. Internationally, the highlight was a silver medal at the Dumont Cup, a platinum event on the Association of Freeskiing Professionals World Tour, where he shared the podium with experienced X Games medallists.