Snowboarding — Targeting Beijing 2022
2020 X Games Aspen — Sixth Place
2020 Dew Tour — Fifth Place
2020 Burton US Open — Semi Finals
2019 Burton Junior Jam — Gold Medalist
2019 Sport Chek Air National Senior National Champion
2019 Mammoth Rev Tour Stop — Gold Medalist
2019 NorAm Cup Winner
Ranked #1 on Canada's Up-And-Coming Female Athletes To Watch
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For years, women's snowboarding has been dominated by a global youth movement of teenage phenoms including Jamie Anderson, Kelly Clark, and now, Chloe Kim.
Canada's latest contribution to this exclusive list is Brooke D'Hondt.
Growing up in Calgary, she started out in snowboard cross and moved to slopestyle before settling on the perfectly-carved superpipe at Canada Olympic Park.
Inspired by the free-spirited style of Danny Davis and the competitive consistency of Kelly Clark, Brooke’s breakthrough fittingly came as a 13-year old at the legendary event both of her role models had dominated for years — the Burton US Open.
Following her win at the 2019 Burton Junior Jam — that solidified her status among the best young pipe riders in the world — she was invited to both the Dew Tour in Copper and to X Games in Aspen.
Now riding against the best women in the world, more success followed.
In the modified halfpipe at Dew Tour she finished fifth and began to feel like she belonged in the Finals.
At X Games Aspen, a new challenge in her budding career: She entered the competition as an alternate for Women’s SuperPipe.
And when Olympic medalist and veteran Ariel Gold withdrew for injury, she took the time to come over to Brooke, share some kind words and wish her well in the Finals.
Brooke turned her opportunity into a sixth place finish on the sport’s biggest stage.
It also earned Brooke the top spot on Canada's up-and-coming female athletes to watch.
But it was Ariel's lesson in selflessness that she hopes to carry forward to a younger generation of girls her age that are increasingly leaving sport when they reach adolescence.
For Brooke, snowboarding is a way to promote kindness and positivity among pre-teen and teenage girls and to encourage them to stay actively involved in sport.
With a season of major event finals behind her, the 2020 offseason comes with a commitment to getting stronger in the gym to ready herself for the rigours of weekly World Cups and Olympic Qualifying.
Still just 15-years old, she’s also rethinking her goals for the 2020-21 season and her longer-term approach to the biggest prize in sports — developing the tricks and perfecting the run that will be required to land on the Olympic podium in Beijing 2022.
When asked to reflect on her season and how it’s changed her thoughts on what's achievable at the Olympics, she answered simply:
“I’m going there to win a medal for Canada.”
With youthful promise, an energetic personality, and enormous athletic potential, the future of women’s snowboarding awaits.