The son of Crazy Canuck Ken Read, Erik Read achieved his own career highlight in his FIS World Championship debut in 2015. He was a member of the underdog Canadian squad that won silver in the team event.
Russell Kennedy grew up in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, but has represented Canada internationally since 2010. He made his World Cup debut in December 2012 when the circuit made Canadian stops in Quebec City and Canmore.
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.
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.
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.