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The Athlete of the Month is our way of acknowledging a BC-located athlete who has displayed outstanding performances in their sport and deserves recognition. Athletes chosen monthly to be the face of Canadian Sport Institute Pacific will receive a celebration feature on our website and a gift from 2XU.

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February 2019

Simon d’Artois

Simon d'Artois - Freestyle Canada
Simon d'Artois - Freestyle Canada
Simon d'Artois - Freestyle Canada
Simon d'Artois - Freestyle Canada

Sport:

Freestyle Skiing

Birthday:

January 26, 1992

Place of Birth:

North Vancouver, BC

Coach:

Trennon Paynter (Registered with CSI Pacific)

Bio

Freestyle Canada’s ski halfpipe athlete Simon d’Artois is this month’s CSI Pacific Athlete of the Month. Simon notched his first World Cup ski halfpipe win of his career on December 20th, 2018 in Secret Garden, China. See video: here. He now leads this season’s World Cup standings after the first two events of the year. He finished sixth in the season opener in Colorado’s Copper Mountain World Cup.

Hailing from Whistler, BC Simon has been on the national team since 2012. D’Artois started skiing at age three, began competing in local freestyle events at age 13 and joined the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Club when he was 14 years old.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2018 Olympian
  • 2018 secret garden World Cup 1st, China
  • 2015 X Games gold medalist
  • 2nd at the 2015 Canadian Open Championship
  • 1st at the 2014 Snowcrown Ski Festival

Q&A

What do you enjoy doing while travelling with sport?
Shooting photos, music production, cooking, learning new things, and playing piano.

Who are some of your music heroes?
Daft Punk, Justice, and Soulwax.

What hobbies do you partake in during the off-season?
Biking, swimming, camping, and hiking.

What field of study interests you?
Architecture, engineering, computer software design, & language.

How many hours of training and competing do you put in a week as a high performance athlete?
During a competition week, I would normally put about 30 hours a week into gym, training on snow, warming up and recovery. Sometimes it can be more or less depending on the competition.

During a training camp I would put about 42 hours a week into training. That ends up being a bit more as well because my whole day revolves around training. Whether it’s eating, stretching, training on snow or in the gym my whole day is dedicated to training. The same goes for a competing week.

If you’re going on a long sport trip, what is the must have item that needs to be in your suitcase and why?
The must have items that are always with me are skis, boots, poles, socks, shirts, pants, boxers, ski clothes, goggles, helmet, camera gear, computer, phone and charger. All these items play an essential role in being prepared for training and competing.

If you could have any career in the world (outside of an athlete career) what would it be and why?
I would be an architect and a photographer. I love to be creative, both are creative, and can make people happy.