Canadian Gold-medalist Ashleigh McIvor grew up alpine ski racing in Whistler, B.C. and developed a competitive drive at a young age.
“Growing up in Whistler I was always chasing all the boys around, and playing with all the boys and skiing with them and biking with them. I didn’t want to be straggling in the back so I ended up really competitive within that group and now I’m just always determined to be the fastest chick out there no matter what I’m doing.”
It seems her determination paid off. At the Winter Games, Ashleigh was clearly the “fastest chick.” She qualified for the medal round with the second fastest time, and in the finals she won Gold with some distance between her and second place, becoming the first Gold medal winner of womens’ skier-cross.
Ashleigh started skier-cross in 2003. Despite dislocating her shoulder in training, she dominated her first competition at Tahoe and went on to have an amazing season as the youngest contender on the skier-cross circuit. In 2009, McIvor won her first World Championship, took Silver at the X Games in Aspen and finished third overall on the 2009 FIS World Cup Season, making her a favorite, which she proved accurate, going into the Winter Games.
In addition, Ashleigh has been the featured athlete in many programs covering different events, including an hour-long special called EXPN 2Day, a TV show called Pontiac World of Skiing, and the TV show Ride Guide which had her traveling the world to different events and heli-skiing with other pros. She even made her runway modeling debut in New York City at an event Vail Resorts put together called “Skiing is Sexy.”