The Major Achievements of Brady Leman, a Canadian Freestyle Skier
When we talk about Canadian freestyle skiing, Brady Leman turns out to be one of the best Canadians in this kind of sports. And the athlete proved that to his countrymen and world by claiming gold in ski cross at 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. But let’s consider his career highlights in more detail.
Brady Leman was born on October 16, 1986, in Calgary, Canada. He started to ski at 18 months probably because his father worked as a ski coach at Lake Louis and his mother was an instructor at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. First, Leman was an alpine skier, but in 2008, he switched to ski cross.
In order to be a stronger athlete, Brady trains not only in skiing but also does gym work and gymnastics. He does other sports because of his belief that uncomfortable and out of the box training is vital for ski cross to hone and train his reactions.
Like many other athletes, Brady has some rituals. For example, if he has a good race he will wear the same long underwear in his next race.
In 2009, Brady Leman took part in his first World Ski Championships and finished 14th. In 2013, he was 15th. At 2015 World Championships, he rose to the 5th place, making his first World Championships Top 10 finish. At 2017 Sierra Nevada, he was 7th.
Brady debuted at the World Cup in 2009 St. Johann/Oberndorf and finished 11th. At 2011 Innichen/ San Candido ski cross event, he gained his first gold. In total, the freestyle skier gained 3 gold, 11 silver and 7 bronze medals.
Participating in ski cross events at Winter X Games, the athlete became a gold medalist in 2016 and a bronze medalist in 2010. Moreover, Leman is 2-time bronze medalist of Australian New Zealand Cup as well as gold, silver and 2-time bronze medalist of the North American Cup.
Brady Leman was going to make an Olympic Games debut at 2010 Vancouver. However, his participation in that competition didn’t start as he broke his leg and wasn’t able to compete. At 2014 Sochi, the athlete managed to take part in the ski cross event and finished 4th.
At 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, the freestyle skier did his best and became an Olympic champion in ski cross. For Canada, it was the first Olympic gold in ski cross in men’s event. After winning the event, Brady explained why he liked ski cross: “That’s part of why I love this sport — it’s so difficult. Nothing is easy — there’s never an easy race day”.
In a nutshell, Brady Leman’s path to Olympic gold and other victories wasn’t an easy one. However, the athlete managed to overcome all the obstacles on his way to the dream and his experience is inspiring for all of us.