Dominique Maltais is one half of Canada’s incredible 1-2 punch in women's snowboard cross with teammate Maelle Ricker. Describing herself as passionate and driven, when Maltais wants something she devotes all of her energy to achieving that goal. For Sochi 2014, that goal is gold. Maltais has an Olympic bronze medal from Turin, which she won in a crazy crash-filled final. Hoping for a better result in Vancouver, Maltais endured disappointment. She crashed hard during training less than half an hour before the first qualifying run and ended up not advancing to the elimination heats. After taking four months away from snowboard to explore other interests such as kite surfing and cycling, Maltais returned with personalized training to improve her starts, quickness and technique. The three seasons since Vancouver have been hugely successful for her. She won a pair of world championship medals (bronze in 2011, silver in 2013), won gold at the 2012 Winter X Games and claimed three straight Crystal Globes as the overall World Cup champion in snowboard cross. In those three seasons she has 14 World Cup podiums, including eight victories.
- 2013 FIS World Cup, Sierra Nevada, Spain - 1st
- 2013 FIS World Cup, Arosa, Switzerland - 1st
- 2013 - World Snowboard Championships, Stoneham, Quebec, Canada - 2nd
- 2012 Winter X Games - Gold
- 2012 FIS World Cup, Telluride, CO - 1st
- 2012 FIS World Cup, Montafon, Austria - 1st
- 2006 Winter Olympics - Bronze
Things To Know:
1. Plays the piano and saxophone.
2. Maltais is a former firefighter, and was just one of 22 women in the 2,300 member Montreal fire department.
3. Before she joined the fire department, Maltais worked as a waitress and pumped gas at a gas station.