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About

by Aaron Dodds
Kim Lamarre is a Canadian freeskier. Born and raised in Lac-Beauport, Québec, a small town home to Le Relais ski resort. Introduced to skiing at the young age of two, Kim, quickly made the local hill her favourite playground. Skiing brought a feeling of freedom to her life. Every day out on snow was a fun and unpredictable adventure. The youngster, put off by the idea of having “restrictions” on the mountain, never joined an alpine or mogul ski club. Instead, at the age of seven, Kim picked up snowboarding. She enjoyed switching back and forth between both sports. Still, at thirteen, the future Olympic medalist slid her first rail and that was it! She instantly felt a special connection to freeskiing.

Her name whispered throughout the industry in 2004. That year, Kim met legendary skier Jp Auclair. He became in someways her mentor; she was fond of his knowledge as well as his detailed work. He happily brought her along his urban rail missions. Naturally gifted at rails, Kim took advantage of those precious opportunities and got the shot! The following years, the French Canadian was published in major ski magazines; Freeskier, SBC Skier and Powder to name a few.

Her career was on the rise. She got her competitive breakthrough in 2008. Kim landed a second place position at the US Freeskiing Open slopestyle earning her a prestigious invitation for the 2009 Winter X Games. Unfortunately, the event ran under snowy conditions and Kim came up short on a feature; consequently tearing the ligament of her left knee. Now facing her first major injury, Kim took on this new challenge like any other, with dedication and hard work. She grew stronger throughout the rehabilitation process and in 2011, Kim was back on the competitive scene earning her first X Games medal!

During the summer of 2011, the IOC announced that Slopestyle skiing would be apart of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Following the announcement, Kim was named onto the very first Canadian national Slopestyle team.
The following years were hard on Kim’s health. She tore the ACL of her right knee in 2012 as well as 2013.
Not being on the competitive circuit for two seasons cost the skier her spot on the Canadian ski team. Even though the future didn’t seem bright, Kim wasn’t ready to give up on her dreams. The next 6 month were dedicated to her rehabilitation process.

The hard work eventually paid off…

Kim placed 2nd at the Winter Dew tour, the first Olympic qualifier event of the season. She followed her 2nd place with two 4th places on the world cup circuit and a 3rd place at Winter X Games. Those strong finishes granted her an Olympic spot. The exclamation point to her return happened at the Sochi games. Kim landed a magical run at the Olympic and won the bronze medal for Canada!

When not traveling and competing, Kim cherishes slowing down the pace of her life. She’s all about enjoying the present moment. As a curious human, she’s constantly looking for new ideas and approaches to expand her personal knowledge. Exploring the outdoors, gardening and cooking are some of her favorite activities to channel her energy.
Kim is an extremely motivated athlete and sees herself representing Canada in the 2018 Olympic games.

CAREER

2013-2014
Olympic Bronze Medalist from Sochi Games
2nd Winter Dew Tour
3rd Winter X Games
4th Breckenridge Grand Prix
4th Park City Grand Prix #2
6th Park City Grand Prix #1
Member of the Canadian National Slopestyle team

Guest on “Tout le monde en parle” TV show
Guest on “ Salut, Bonjour!” TV show
Guest on “ RDS 5 à 7” TV show
Media coverage and interviews on CBC, NBC, ESPN, MSNBC, TSN, RDS, TVA, TVA Sports, V télé

Recipient of the “Woman of the Year” award at the “Gala des étoiles de la Jaques-Cartier”
Nominee for “International Individual Athlete of the year” at The Gala Triomphe
Honorary guest/speech at the Canadian Junior Freestyle Championships
Honorary guest/speech at the general assembly of the “Caisse Populaire Desjardins de Charlesbourg”
Honorary guest at the ceremonial first puck drop for “Montreal Canadiens” hockey club April 5th game
Honorary guest at the ceremonial first puck drop for “Les Remparts” hockey club March 7th game
Featured in video commercial for Kenu inc
Oakley Progression sessions Coach
Visited the children of the Ronald McDonald house of Calgary
Visited the children of Alberta children’s hospital
Started scuba diving and skydiving certification

2012-2013
Featured athlete for Ski the East “Chasing ponytails” interview
Ambassador for “Simply Straws” sustainable reusable straws
Member of the Canadian National Slopestyle team

2011-2012
2nd Rails to Riches, Killington, Vermont
Oakley Progression Sessions Coach
Featured Athlete for ESPN “Face Time” video interview
Member of the Canadian National Slopestyle team

2010-2011
1st TNF NZ Open Slopestyle, Snowpark, NZ
2nd FIS NZ Winter Games Slopestyle, Snowpark, NZ
3rd Euro X Games Slopestyle, Tignes, France
4th FIS Freestyle World Championships, Park City, Utah
4th Dew Tour Slopestyle, Ogden, Utah
5th X Games Slopestyle, Aspen, CO
Featured Athlete for NRJ Québec Radio Promotional web video
Featured athlete in three “Nine Queens” all girl event
webisodes (13K-25K views/episode)
Joined the Canadian National Slopestyle team

2009-2010
1st New Zealand Freeski Open Slopestyle, Cardrona, NZ
1st Glacier 3000 Slopestyle invitational, Gstaad, Switzerland
1st Rails to Riches, Killington, Vermont
Featured in SBC SKIER Magazine The Après Issue
Featured in FREESKIER Women’s annual

2008-2009
2nd Dew Tour Slopestyle, Mt. Snow, Vermont
Featured in SBC SKIER Magazine The weird issue
Featured in Powder Magazine The photo annual issue
Featured in FREESKIER Women’s annual
Featured in SBC SKIER Magazine Buyer’s guide 2009

2007-2008
1st Rails to riches, Killington, Vermont
2nd US OPEN Slopestyle, Cooper, Colorado
3rd Orage Masters with Armada team, Whistler, BC
4th NZ OPEN Slopestyle, Snowpark, NZ
Featured in FREESKIER Magazine January Issue #6
Featured in CRUX MAG 2008 winter issue
Armada skis advertisement for SIA trade show
Awarded Best Female action sports athlete for the province of Québec