Spencer O’Brien grew up in Courtenay, BC, in a family who enjoys snowboarding just as much as she does. At 11 years old, her father taught her how to ride and then she started competing, following the footsteps of her big sister; Meghann.
She began her career in Halfpipe and had to make the transition to Slopestyle when her local mountain announced that they wouldn’t build and maintain a pipe at the station anymore. At 17 she moved to Whistler with all her savings, which was just enough to do a whole season just snowboarding.
Considered to be one of the world’s most progressive Slopestyle snowboarders, and voted Transworld’s Rookie of the Year by fellow riders in 2008. O’Brien has competed primarily on the World Snowboard Tour, the world’s largest series of freestyle snowboarding events, which has made her a Four-Time Winter X Games Medalist and won the 2012 World Snowboarding Championships. In 2013 Spencer won gold at the FIS World Championships, helping her qualify for the Olympics. O’Brien's Life long dream has finally happened, competing in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, she plans to return for the 2018 Olympics and for the top of the podium.
Outside snowboarding, Spencer enjoys cooking, baking, fashion and hiking. When she is away from home for a while, she misses having her own kitchen.
For Spencer, It’s important to give back to the community. She’s involved with the Alliance for Climate Education, Nike S7 program that promotes health and wellness in Aboriginal communities and she has donated equipment to the First Nations Snowboard Team.
2nd in SS at US Open Snowboard Championship, Vail, CO, USA on 07.03.2014
12th in SS at Olympic Winter Games, Sochi, RUS on 09.02.2014
3rd in SS at Winter X-Games, Apen, CO, USA on 26.01.2014
5th in SS at Winter X-Games Tignes, FR on 20.03.2013
1st in SS at Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships, Vail, CO, USA on 25.02.2013
3rd in SS at Winter X-Games Aspen, CO, USA on 24.01.2013
1st in SS at FIS World Snowboard Championships, Stoneham, QC, CAN on 17.01.2013
2nd in SS at Dew Tour - Mountain Championships, Breckenridge, CO, USA on 13.12.2012