Jeff Pain has been a member of the COC’s Athlete Commission since 2006.
A member of Canada’s national skeleton team since 1995, Pain is one of the most accomplished skeleton athlete in the nation’s history. The biggest moment in his career came on the sledding track in Turin, Italy. There, at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, Pain won a silver medal.
He is a three-time Olympian. At the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Pain finished sixth. And in 2010 on the Olympic sliding track in Whistler, he slid to ninth spot.
Over the past decade, Pain has proven that he is one of the world’s best athletes in skeleton, the sled sport that is all-individual. He was world skeleton champion in 2003 and 2005, while capturing silver in 2001 and sliding to seventh in 2007. His career on the World Cup circuit has been stellar. He is a two-time World Cup overall champion (2005, 2006) while coming second overall in 2003. He has won eight World Cup gold medals, adding multiple silver and bronze medals as well. Pain has also competed and reached the podium at many more major international events.
Prior to skeleton, Pain was a talented lacrosse player. He was a 1982 Canadian lacrosse champion. He began competing in skeleton in 1995, before it was part of the official Olympic program, making him a Canadian pioneer in the sport.
“There is no greater feeling of honour than being able to compete for Canada and represent the greatest country in the world,” Pain has told the COC. “I am so fortunate to be able to hold our flag high and show off Canada to the rest of the world.”
A full-time athlete, he is married with two children, Kyle and Thomas.