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. That need for speed was something she had always felt as a varsity sprinter for Simon Fraser University, feeling most free when she was running as fast as possible. It was a feeling she had relied on to get through one of the most difficult periods of her life after her boyfriend passed away suddenly in November 2009. It was also in 2009 that Channell attended two national bobsleigh camps, but found herself more enthralled with skeleton.
After graduation in 2011, she moved to Whistler to fully immerse herself in the sport, working and training full time for two winters. She made the national development team in her second year, prompting a move to Calgary the next year. After competing on the North American Cup circuit in 2012-13, she advanced to the Intercontinental Cup circuit in 2013-14.
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, missing the podium by six-one hundredths (0.06) of a second. She built on that success in 2015-16, standing on her first World Cup podium in December 2015 with a third-place finish in Winterberg. She added a second-place finish in January 2016 in Park City. Both results helped her to rank third in the overall World Cup standings, despite having come into the season with a lingering hamstring problem stemming from a tear that had occurred late in the summer. Channell was back on the World Cup podium in November 2017 with a second-place finish in Whistler. She finished 10th in her Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018.
A little more about Jane…
Getting into the Sport: While watching the skeleton competition from Salt Lake City 2002 on TV with her grandfather, he turned to her and said “They’re crazy”; she immediately knew it was something she needed to try… Was further inspired by Jon Montgomery winning gold at Vancouver 2010… Outside Interests: Graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography in 2011… Volunteer coach for Special Olympics Calgary softball program… Athlete ambassador for Fast and Female… Enjoys reading, watching movies, doing puzzles… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: I live in the moment. I leave nothing undone. I have no regrets. I live out loud… Always puts her left sock, shoe and glove on first; if the right one goes on first she will take it off…
Notable International Results
Olympic Winter Games: 2018 – 10th
IBSF World Championships: 2017 – 12th; 2016 – 13th; 2015 – 4th