Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes made his Olympic debut at Vancouver 2010 as a member of the very young Canadian ski jumping team. At Sochi 2014 he was Canada’s top-ranked male ski jumper in both individual events. Boyd-Clowes put himself into the history books in February 2013 when he became the first Canadian ski jumper to ever fly beyond the 200m mark. The jump of 205m came at a World Cup event in Harrachov, Czech Republic on a flying hill, which is much bigger than the large hills used in Olympic competition. But Boyd-Clowes’ high was short-lived.

Just one week later at a World Cup in Willingen, Germany he fractured his collar bone and suffered abrasions to his face when he fell on the landing of a jump off a small 30m hill. After the competition had been cancelled due to strong winds, a few of the jumpers decided to entertain the fans on the small hill that had been built in the middle of the landing area. The record-setting jump in Harrachov helped him to a then-career best World Cup result, 19th place. It was one of four top-30 individual results he posted on the World Cup in 2012-13.

He earned his first World Cup top-10 result in January 2014, finishing 9th on a flying hill in Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf. He came close to another top-10 finish in December 2016 when he finished 12th on a large hill in Klingenthal, Germany.

A little more about Mackenzie

Getting into the Sport: Started ski jumping at age seven when his mother put him in a summer camp at Canada Olympic Park… She had seen an ad in a brochure and thought it would be a cool thing he would like… At age 10 was named to a developmental team that aimed to be the 2010 Olympic team; they got jump suits that said “WOG 2010: The Sweet Destiny” on the side… Took his first trip to Europe in the summer of 2003 and got to meet the world’s best jumpers… Outside Interests: Enjoys film, music and going to concerts, comedy, reading… In the off-season must go on non-sport-related trips… Odds and Ends: Inspired by Polish ski jumper Adam Malysz who came from a country where ski jumping is not hugely popular to be number one in the world; used to watch all his videos posted to a Polish fan website before YouTube was created… Graduated from the National Sport School in Calgary… A favourite Canadian Olympic athlete is triathlete Simon Whitfield…