When she was just 10 years old, Elizabeth Hosking told her coach that she wanted to win an Olympic medal. She got a little closer to that when she made her Olympic debut at PyeongChang. Then 16, she was the youngest athlete on all of Team Canada at the Games. Hosking made her second Olympic appearance at Beijing 2022 where her sixth-place finish tied for Canada’s second best Olympic result ever in women’s snowboard halfpipe.
Hosking competed at her first FIS World Championships in 2017. At 15-years-old, she went in with low expectations and high confidence and came out as the top-ranked Canadian halfpiper with her 14th-place finish. Two weeks later, she competed at the FIS World Junior Championships where she also finished 14th.
She returned to the junior worlds in 2018 and came home with the bronze medal. In 2019, she improved her standing at the senior world championships, placing eighth. A few weeks later, she earned her first top-five result on the World Cup circuit to close out the season.
But just as things were looking up for Hosking, she broke her left ankle in December 2019 while competing at a World Cup in China. After a grueling 24-hour travel day, she arrived in Montreal and went for a Christmas Day X-ray, which was followed by New Year’s Eve surgery. As she got into the rehab process, the COVID-19 pandemic led to the season being shut down.
She returned to competitive action in early 2021 but then in February suffered a concussion while training in Switzerland. Luckily, her helmet took the brunt of the damage. After two weeks off snow, she came back to earn her career-best world championship result, finishing seventh. She ended the season by adding another top-five World Cup result to her record, putting her in the top-1o of the World Cup halfpipe season standings for the first time. In December 2021, Hosking achieved a new career best with her fourth-place finish at the World Cup in Copper Mountain.
Hosking had made her FIS World Cup debut in September 2017, but she was no stranger to international competition, having entered her first World Snowboard Tour event in March 2012.
A Little More About Elizabeth
Getting into the Sport: Got hooked on snowboarding at age 7 when she borrowed her brother’s board and rode it in the driveway… Entered her first competition when she was 10… Outside Interests: Ambassador for Breakfast Club of Canada… Spokesperson for Le Centre Omega, focused on keepings kids in school… Enjoys camping, reading, and scuba diving (has her open water certification)… Odds and Ends: Inspired by Shaun White, Kelly Clark, Jamie Anderson and Mark McMorris for being hard workers and progressing the sport…
|2018 PyeongChang||Snowboard||Halfpipe - Women||19|
|2022 Beijing||Snowboard||Halfpipe - Women||6|
Notable International Results
Olympic Winter Games: 2022 - 6th (HP); 2018 - 19th (HP)
FIS World Championships: 2021 - 7th (HP); 2019 - 8th (HP); 2017 - 14th (HP)
FIS World Junior Championships: 2018 - BRONZE (HP); 2017 - 14th (HP)