Dustin Cook stunned the alpine skiing world in February 2015 when he won super-G silver at the world championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado – which happens to be his favourite place to race. He had yet to stand on a World Cup podium but a near-perfect run left him just 0.11 of a second behind gold medallist Hannes Reichelt of Austria. Cook proved he was no flash in the pan when he followed up about a month later with his first World Cup podium, finishing third in the Kvitfjell super-G. Nine days later, he claimed his first World Cup victory, also in the super-G, in Meribel. Those results made Cook the eighth member of the Canadian Cowboys club.
But he was unable to build on that momentum when he fell in training a couple of days before the first race of the 2015-16 season, tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee. He underwent surgery in November followed by eight months of rehab before he could get back on snow at the end of June. Having missed that entire season, Cook returned to the World Cup circuit in the fall of 2016, posting a top result of sixth place in the Val Gardena super-G in December. He opened the 2017-18 World Cup season with an 11th place finish in the Lake Louise super-G. Cook has been competing on the World Cup circuit since the fall of 2010 and made his world championship debut in 2013.
A little more about Dustin…
Getting into the Sport: His ski instructor parents had him on skis before he was 2… In his first ever race he went around the finish line, like they did during inspection, instead of across it… Outside Interests: Enjoys mountain biking, playing frisbee, and drone photography… Supports Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario… Odds and Ends: Wears the same longjohns for every race… Nicknames: Cookie, Dusty, iCook (because he’s the guy everyone on the team goes to when they have computer problems)… Looked up to Bode Miller because he was his own person who refused to conform to the norms of alpine skiing… Favourite quote: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine…
Notable International Results
FIS World Championships: 2017 – DNF (SG); 2015 – SILVER (SG), 12th (GS); 2013 – DNF (GS)