SKI SUPERPIPE – TARGETING BEIJING 2022
2021 World Championships – Silver Medalist
2021 X Games Aspen – Bronze Medalist
2020 X Games Aspen – Silver Medalist
2019 X Games Aspen – Bronze Medalist
2018 Dew Tour Breckenridge – Gold Medalist
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Hometown: Erin, Ontario
Rachael Karker has always chosen a different path.
Like many Canadians, she started skiing with her family at a young age but quickly began looking for something more challenging.
As an aspiring young dancer, she would go the National Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker with her nana and mom each winter and remembered being so inspired that she'd dance in the aisles during intermission.
So, when she had the chance to respond to an open call to be part of the cast, she asked her mom to bring her to the auditions where she won the role of a mouse in her first year and then a lamb.
From dancing in the aisles to dancing on stage – in just two years.
Then, at 10 years-old, she decided to move into artistic gymnastics and later focused on trampoline where she trained with members of the Canadian National Team including Olympic Champion Rosie MacLennan.
The detailed footwork of ballet and the choreographed creativity of artistic gymnastics were skills that would prove useful for her future in freestyle skiing.
When her brother introduced her to slopestyle, she effortlessly blended her dance background and her newly-discovered trampoline talents with her skiing which quickly turned from a winter hobby into a year-round obsession.
And once she learned to manage boosting bigger airs, her athleticism took over and the transition to the superpipe was seamless.
Nearing high school graduation, Rachael made a promise to her parents that she’d make the national team before she finished or quit competitive skiing and go to university.
That spring, she made the Canadian Freestyle NextGen National Team, and hasn’t looked back.
Her first official season with Canada's World Cup Halfpipe Team in 2018-19 proved to be a breakout.
She came from behind to win Dew Tour's modified superpipe competition in Breckenridge, Colorado, besting teammate and Olympic Champion Cassie Sharpe.
And she carried the Dew Tour momentum into her first-ever X Games and found her way onto the podium with a bronze medal, followed by a fourth place finish at the 2019 FIS World Championships.
More success followed in 2020 at X Games Aspen where she moved one place up the podium with a silver medal performance.
From transitioning to superpipe to performing on action sport's biggest stage – in just two years.
In 2021, Rachael doubled-down with a silver medal performance at both the X Games and the FIS World Championships establishing her status as an early Olympic podium favourite to win a medal for Canada.
With unlimited athleticism and youthful desire, she’ll take everything she's learned from dance, artistic gymnastics and trampoline on her decidedly-different path to Beijing 2022.