Brooke Apshkrum’s first career international gold medal was a big one. She came back from second place after the first run to win the women’s singles event at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. That was just six years after she had gotten started in luge. Her first year of sliding happened to coincide with Vancouver 2010 and starting her sports career while the country was “electric with passion and pride” for the Olympic Games made a lasting impact on her as she strived to be part of that.
Apshkrum competed in her first junior World Cup events during the 2013-14 season and made her first appearance at the junior world championships in 2015. She became a regular competitor on the FIL World Cup circuit in 2016-17, the same season she debuted at the FIL World Championships.
A little more about Brooke
Getting into the Sport: Started sliding at age 10 and was named to the junior national team at age 14… Outside Interests: Enjoys having low-key fun by drawing, painting, watching movies and documentaries… Graduated high school in June 2017… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: Life is not a sugar licking tree… Collects all her plane tickets from her various luge trips, hoping to one day make a collage… Inspired by teammate Kimberley McRae for her work ethic, poise, and positivity while has been reflected in her success…
Notable International Results
FIL World Championships: 2017 – 27th (singles)
FIL World U23/Junior Championships: 2017 – 13th (U23 singles); 2016 – 7th (junior singles); 2015 – 20th (junior singles)
Youth Olympic Games: 2016 – GOLD (singles), 4th (team relay)