Canadian Alpine Ski Team racer Emily Brydon is hanging up the ski jacket. After a fantastic 13-year-long career that marks her as one of the most successful female alpine skiers in Canadian history, she is retiring.
Emily spoke at a reception last night held in her honor. “I can’t believe that 13 years has passed. Standing in the start the last couple days has been an interesting experience. Ski racing is not just about the results, it’s about the friendships that you make and relationships that you build. The people that have come into my life over the past 13 years have made it better and helped me achieve my goals. They will be forever a part of my life.”
Looking back, Emily can leave the ski racing world with quite a sense of accomplishment. She retires with nine World Cup podium finishes (that puts her in a tie for third all-time with Betsy Clifford for Canadian women). She won a World Cup super G in St. Moritz in 2008 and earlier this season she capped off her World Cup career with podium results on consecutive days at the Bombardier Lake Louise Winterstart. She currently has 10 career GMC Canadian Championships titles to her credit including a win in the super G just yesterday. In 2005, she won the downhill, super-G, slalom and super combined national titles.
Emily was Alpine Canada Alpine’s (ACA) Female Athlete of the Year in 2007, finishing on the podium in a downhill in Tarvisio, Italy. Before jumping into the World Cup circuit, she dominated the Coupe Nor-Am Cup series in the 1998 season, taking the title in downhill, super G and was overall winner.
Additionally, Emily finished ninth in the super G at the Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy, in 2006 and seventh in the combined at the 2001 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Anton, Austria.
“It’s hard to imagine the Canadian Alpine Ski Team without Emily Brydon and Gen Simard (she retired in January after 14 years with the team). These two athletes have been unbelievable representatives of the ski team for many years internationally. They have done it with class and leadership,” said ACA Chief Athletics Officer Max Gartner. “Through their career, they have also inspired many young skiers to become ski racers.”