Hannah Schmidt goes over a jump on a ski cross course

Hannah Schmidt

Biographie

Hannah Schmidt joined the national ski cross team in 2018 and competed in her first Nor-Am Cup events in February and March. During the 2018-19 season, she stood on six straight podiums on the Nor-Am Cup circuit, capped off by her first tour victory. That helped her to finish third overall in the season standings. In January 2019 she got her first taste of FIS World Cup action at the Canadian-hosted event in Blue Mountain. 

Unfortunately, her season ended with a terrible crash that resulted in a fractured tibia plateau. She required surgery to install a titanium rod in her leg and was sidelined for the entire 2019-20 season. After more than eight months of rehab, she joined the World Cup team full time in 2020-21. Her best result of the season came in her debut at the FIS World Championships where she finished 10th.  

Schmidt kept the momentum going into 2021-22 as she recorded the first top-five finish of her career in December in Val Thorens, France by winning the small final. Just over a week later, she advanced to her first World Cup big final, finishing fourth in Innichen, Italy. Just before the Olympic qualification window closed, she won another small final to finish fifth on home snow in Nakiska, Alberta. 

In her Olympic debut at Beijing 2022, Schmidt advanced to the small final in which she finished third to place seventh overall.

Growing up, Schmidt had been an alpine skier and competed on the Nor-Am Cup circuit from 2012 to 2017. Schmidt competed in alpine skiing while attending Carleton University and represented Canada at the 2017 FISU Winter Universiade where she was the top North American skier in the super-G and helped Canada to fifth in the team event.

A Little More About Hannah

Getting into the Sport: Started competing in ski cross at 25… Outside Interests: Graduated from Carleton University in 2019 with a degree in criminology… Plans to become a police officer after her skiing career… Enjoys knitting, crocheting, mountain biking, camping, disc golf, and trying to learn German… Odds and Ends: Has had to manage her type-1 diabetes since she was 12… Younger brother Jared is also on the 2022 Olympic ski cross team… Cousin Madeline Schmidt competed in sprint kayak for Canada at Tokyo 2020… Mother Lesley Anne, who helped push for women’s canoe events to be added to the Olympic program and advocates for equality in sport, is her inspiration… Favourite motto: “Never satisfied, never disappointed” -Bevin Schmidt (her dad)…

Faits saillants olympiques

Jeux Sport Épreuve Rang
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Palmarès international

Olympic Winter Games: 2022 - 7th (ski cross)

FIS World Championships: 2021 - 10th (ski cross)

FISU Winter Universiade (alpine): 2017 - 18th (SG), 23rd (SL), DNF (GS), DNF (AC), 5th (team)