A born and raised Whistler girl, Ashleigh grew up chasing the boys down mountains on bikes and skis, and her potential as an athlete became apparent at an early age.
At 16, a bad injury in the Canadian Nationals triggered the decision to shift her focus from alpine ski racing to freeskiing: big lines, powder, and cliffs… in perfect time to prepare her for the Olympic debut of the sport she was clearly destined to represent her country in: Skicross.
Ashleigh got into Skicross in it's infancy at the age of 19 and immediately saw success on the North American circuit, and at the only World Cup she entered before again shifting her focus back to freeskiing. Her World Cup result with so little experience in the sport was a sure sign of her natural ability as a skicross athlete, earning silver medal overall after winning the qualifications by almost one second – a significant margin when courses are typically only one minute long.
When the Skicross was added to the Olympic Program a few years later, Ashleigh fought hard for her spot on the Canadian National Team and soon led the charge of the newly formed program, landing on the podium 13 times in the last few years – including a victory at the World Championships, an X Games Silver Medal and an Olympic Gold Medal at home in 2010.
A natural in front of the camera, Ashleigh also now has a lot of experience effectively being the face of the sport in the media as well as a model, spokesperson and all around positive inspiration for our nation's youth. Since injuring her knee at last year's X Games in Aspen, the speaking tour has kept Ashleigh busy travelling to various conferences and other events as a keynote speaker promoting important values such as dedication and perseverance, through a healthy, happy, active lifestyle. Ashleigh's recent announcement about her transition out of competitive skicross and back into freeskiing has freed up more time to focus on the speaking engagements, as well as working for the CBC as an announcer, and Whistler Blackcomb as part of their new "Ski with an Olympic Champion" package that has been added to their offering.
Olympic Champion World Champion X Games Medallist 11 World Cup Medals ESPY Nominee BC Sport Hall of Fame Inductee Sportsnet Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful Athletes Hello Canada's 50 Most Beautiful People Bleacher Report's 100 Most Beautiful Olympians Ever Whistler's Favorite Athlete