Like so many Canadians, winter fun was part of the Howell Family’s everyday life.
Her parents, Doug and Dee, both competitive skiers, own a resort just outside of Huntsville and naturally guided Dara’s early development from the age of 18-months.
Growing up, she competed as a ski racer in the Nancy Greene program and as a figure skater until finding her real love in the freedom and creativity of Ski Slopestyle and quickly established her competitive credibility.
Still in high school, Dara was the youngest female competitor at the 2012 X Games in Aspen, where she finished sixth and then added a bronze medal at the 2012 X Games in Tignes, France.
More success followed but a major event win remained just out of reach.
She captured silver at the 2013 FIS World Championships and added two bronze medal performances at the 2013 X Games in Aspen and Tignes, France.
Then, in Sochi 2014 at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Dara finally reached the top of the podium becoming the first ever Olympic Gold Medalist in Ski Slopestyle in the sport’s Olympic debut.
Following a busy off-season that included the cover shoot for Sportsnet Magazine’s Beauty of Sport issue and the launch of her innovative Women Into Sport Fund aimed at raising funds to encourage girls to get involved in sport, Dara added another event discipline to her arsenal — Big Air.
With athleticism, air awareness and flowy style, success came quickly for Dara in her first full season of competing with a win in the final World Cup event of the year in Quebec City.
And when the event discipline was recently added to the Olympic Programme, she set her sights on returning to the podium in Ski Slopestyle and making some more history in the debut of Big Air.
Bring on Beijing 2022.