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Raised in the snow at Whistler, Ashleigh McIvor was born for ski cross.
She grew-up alpine ski-racing and got into ski cross in January 2003. Her natural talent and skill - along with good looks and charisma - drew attention and she was often the featured athlete on programs covering the events. She got used to racing with a mic on her jersey and quickly became an ambassador for the new sport, shooting with the industry's most renowned photographers, like Blake Jorgenson, Scott Markowitz, and Paul Morrison, as well as top fashion photographers. TV shows had her travelling the world to different events and heli-skiing with other pros - and she even made her runway modelling debut in New York City!
Once ski cross was added to the Olympic roster, Canada formed a national team and Ashleigh ended-up first on their list after three selection camps, fitness testing and six long months of working hard to prove herself - but a shoulder injury affected her that season.
However, this season has been off the charts. She is currently ranked second overall, and has been in the finals in six of eight races, with a World Cup win under her belt as well as a medal at the X Games. And she realized a lifelong dream when she became the first ever Olympic Champion in the sport of ski cross in Vancouver 2010.