Jared Schmidt goes over a jump on a ski cross courseDarren Calabrese/COC
Darren Calabrese/COC

Jared Schmidt


Jared Schmidt began competing internationally in ski cross in 2017, which included an appearance at the FIS Junior World Championships. He finished the 2017-18 season ranked third in the overall Nor-Am Cup ski cross standings after earning two podium finishes. He really flourished in 2018-19 when he reached the podium in five of his six Nor-Am Cup events, including three victories.  

Schmidt got his first taste of FIS World Cup competition in January 2019 at the Canadian-hosted event in Blue Mountain. But before the end of the season, he fully tore his MCL which required reconstructive surgery. He missed the entire 2019-20 season. He returned to a full World Cup schedule in 2020-21 and in February he won his first World Cup medal, taking bronze in Bakuriani, Georgia. Schmidt added another World Cup podium in December 2021 when he finished third in Arosa, Switzerland.  

Schmidt made his Olympic debut at Beijing 2022 where he was eliminated in the quarterfinals, placing 10th overall.

A Little More About Jared

Getting into the Sport: Started skiing at age 2; his parents had him on skis almost as soon as he could stand… Began competing in ski racing at age 9 but admits he was never the best in alpine… A text from Olympic teammate Brittany Phelan convinced him to try ski cross… Has wanted to compete at the Olympics since watching Alex Bilodeau win moguls gold at Vancouver 2010… Outside Interests: Enjoys reading and drawing, fly fishing, backpacking, disc golf… Is an aspiring ski guide, … Odds and Ends: Older sister Hannah is also a member of the 2022 Olympic ski cross team… Cousin Madeline Schmidt competed in kayak sprint for Canada at Tokyo 2020… Mother Lesley Anne, who helped push for women’s canoe events to be added to the Olympic program and has a great love for sport, is his inspiration… Favourite motto: “Never satisfied, never disappointed”… Never washes his race socks because he heard somewhere that clean socks are not as fast…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
Beijing 2022Skiing - FreestyleSki Cross - Men10

Notable International Results

Olympic Winter Games: 2022 - 10th (ski cross)

FIS World Junior Championships: 2018 - 5th (ski cross); 2017 - 32nd (ski cross)