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Brittany Phelan

Freestyle Skiing CAN

Brittany Phelan

Brittany Phelan
  • Birth date 9/24/1991
  • Birthplace Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts
  • Residence Whistler
  • Height/Weight 5'7"/ 136 lbs
  • Olympics 2014

Biography

  • Residence
  • Whistler, BC, CAN
  • Club / Team
  • Mont-Tremblant Ski Club: Canada
  • Hobbies
  • Hiking, skateboarding, kayaking, cross-country skiing, rock climbing. (mec.ca, 24 Oct 2016)
  • Injuries
  • In March 2017 she cracked her pelvis after crashing during training. The injury ruled her out for the rest of the season. (alpinecanada.org, 27 Jun 2017)

    She tore her left calf muscle in two places in February 2015 while on a training run at Calgary Olympic Park in Alberta, Canada. She returned to the slopes two months later, having made the decision to switch from alpine skiing to ski cross. (brittanyphelan.blogspot.co.uk, 15 Feb 2015).
  • Other sports
  • She competed in mountain bike in the Enduro World Series during the 2017 season. (Instagram profile, 24 Sep 2017; elanskis.com, 01 Jan 2017)
  • Why this sport?
  • Her ranking on the alpine skiing World Cup circuit slipped out of the top 30 and she started thinking about switching sports. She then tore her calf muscle in slalom training, which she saw as a sign for her to make a change of direction in her career.
  • Most influential person in career
  • Canadian freestyle skier Kelsey Serwa. (alpinecanada.org, 27 Jun 2017; brittanyphelan.blogspot.co.uk, 21 Jul 2015)
  • Hero / Idol
  • Austrian alpine skier Hermann Maier, Canadian alpine skiers Erik Guay and Melanie Turgeon, US alpine skier Bode Miller. (NOC Media Guide, 2014; makeachamp.com, 13 Oct 2013; tremblant.ca, 14 Nov 2013)
  • Ambitions
  • To compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (alpinecanada.org, 27 Jun 2017)
  • Awards and honours
  • She was named the 2016/17 Female Rookie of the Year by the International Ski Federation [FIS]. (fis-ski.com, 05 Mar 2017)
  • Name of coach
  • Stanley Hayer [national], CAN
  • When and where did you begin this sport?
  • She began skiing at age two. After competing in alpine skiing until she was age 23, she made the switch to ski cross in 2015.
  • Occupation
  • Athlete
  • Languages
  • English, French
  • Nicknames
  • Britt, Brittles, Bertles, Bert (makeachamp.com, 13 Oct 2013)
  • Sporting philosophy / motto
  • "Danger is real, fear is a choice." (NOC Media Guide, 2014)
  • Other information
  • SHIFT TO SKI CROSS
    Having competed in alpine skiing [slalom] at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, she made the decision to switch to ski cross in 2015. "I was always intrigued by the sport and loved watching it. After the 2014 Olympics I began to consider making the switch more seriously. In January 2015 I tore my calf muscle training slalom, which proved to be the tipping point for me in switching over to ski cross. I felt like it was a sign and my heart and head were being pulled in another direction." (mec.ca, 24 Oct 2016; skiracing.com, 26 Sep 2015; olympic.ca, 01 Mar 2014)
  • Family
  • Partner Matthew Casson
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