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Jennifer Heil

Full name: Jennifer Heil
Gender: Female
Height: 5-3.5 (162 cm)
Weight: 55-58 kg
Born: April 11, 1983 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Affiliations: National Team
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Freestyle Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

The winner of the first gold medal for Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, Jennifer Heil claims to have been skiing since the age of two and, by the age of 16, she was the Canadian champion in moguls and dual moguls. She was considered a gold medal favorite in the freestyle skiing moguls event at the beginning of the 2006 Games, mainly due to her first-place successes in the 2004 and 2005 World Championships. In addition, she had missed out on the bronze at the same event in 2002 by only 1/100th of a point. Prior to her Olympic victory she had experienced health problems and took the 2003 season off to treat chronic shin splints, but came back in full force over the next several years, with 14 podium finishes in World Cup events in 2004 and 2005 and gold in dual moguls at the 2005 World Championships. After more victories at the 2007 World Championships, she was named Canadian Female Athlete of the Year. Two years later she captured silver in the moguls and gold in the dual moguls at the 2009 World Championships. At the 2010 Winter Olympics she was considered the most likely individual to break Canada's drought of Olympic gold medals on home soil, and nearly did so in the moguls event, but a spectacular final run by American Hannah Kearney left Heil with a silver medal. Canada would have to wait one more day before Alexandre Bilodeau captured gold in the men's moguls, the first of a Winter Olympic record-breaking 14 for Canada. Nevertheless, Heil's was still the first medal for Canada at the 2010 Games.

Due to her success, she has been the recipient of considerable external funding and has a sports psychologist and a nutritionist on her team at all times. She is a business and management student at McGill University, an athlete ambassador for David Suzuki's "Play It Cool" program, and has travelled to Rwanda and Burkina Faso with organizations promoting the importance of sport. She is the founder of B2ten, which has raised over $3 million to help athletes access top-tier sport training resources.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2002 Winter 18 Salt Lake City Freestyle Skiing Women's Moguls Canada CAN 4
2006 Winter 22 Torino Freestyle Skiing Women's Moguls Canada CAN 1 Gold
2010 Winter 26 Vancouver Freestyle Skiing Women's Moguls Canada CAN 2 Silver

Women's Moguls

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS TP AP TP T J1TS J2TS J3TS J4TS J5TS J6AS J7AS J6(A1)S J7(A1)S J6(A2)S J7(A2)S J1C J2C J1DD J2DD
2002 Winter 18 Salt Lake City Freestyle Skiing Canada Final Round 4 24.84 13.2 5.19 6.45 34.04 4.5 4.2 4.4 4.4 4.4 5.49 4.90
2002 Winter 18 Salt Lake City Freestyle Skiing Canada Qualifying Round 9 Q 23.19 11.8 5.12 6.27 34.87 3.9 3.6 4.1 3.9 4.0 4.91 5.33
2006 Winter 22 Torino Freestyle Skiing Canada Final Round 1 26.50 13.8 6.45 6.25 26.69 4.7 4.5 4.5 4.6 4.8 2.4 2.4 2.3 2.2 3 bPp 1.390 1.390
2006 Winter 22 Torino Freestyle Skiing Canada Qualifying Round 1 Q 26.67 14.3 6.17 6.20 26.86 4.8 4.7 4.7 4.8 4.8 2.3 2.4 2.1 2.1 3 bPp 1.390 1.390
2010 Winter 26 Vancouver Freestyle Skiing Canada Final Round 2 25.69 13.7 4.98 7.01 27.91 4.5 4.4 4.6 4.7 4.6 2.3 2.2 1.9 1.9 3 bPp 1.200 1.200
2010 Winter 26 Vancouver Freestyle Skiing Canada Qualifying Round 2 Q 25.50 13.7 5.10 6.70 28.69 4.6 4.4 4.7 4.7 4.3 2.2 2.0 2.1 2.2 3 bPp 1.200 1.200
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