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Fort Mac snowboarding phenom values creativity, courage

Fort Mac snowboarding phenom values creativity, courage

Posted on: March 17, 2014
Author: Jennifer Kohle

 

Introducing Brooke Voigt, Team ATB Slopestyle athlete

Fort McMurray's Brooke Voigt first strapped on a snowboard at the tender age of nine. She's been carving ever since. Now 20 and a graduate of Calgary's National Sp​orts School, Voigt has enjoyed tremendous success on the slopes with three World Cup silver medals, two podium finishes in Billabong 'Flaunt It' contests and a third place finish at the Burton U.S. Open in Vail, Colorado, last season.

Brooke's snowboard discipline is Slopestyle—an event that made its Olympic debut in Sochi in 2014. The goal in Slopestyle is to perform the most difficult tricks while getting the highest amplitude off of jumps, with an emphasis on performing different types of tricks instead of doing one great trick repeatedly.

"There's a course and there's a selection of features. You pick your line and you get to decide what you do and the route you're going to take," Brooke explains. "You're rewarded for being different, which is nice."

But being different and trying new things on a hill isn't easy. It's often terrifying.

"I'm scared every single day. I'm so worried. Every single day. But when you get home at the end of the day, having been scared and conquered it or not, you'll conquer it the next day, or you'll try it, or you'll fail," she says.

"(But) there's nothing better than being terrified to hit some 60-foot jump and you do some sort of trick off it. You're stoked. Your friends are stoked. That's the beauty of the sport."

Brooke narrowly missed going to Sochi. As one of the bright, young Canadian stars in the sport, she'll continue to train and work towards South Korea in 2018.

Watch Brooke's video and learn how you can support Team ATB

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