Darren Gardner, from Burlington, Ontario has some serious potential. Gardner’s first memory of snowboarding is of him trying to snowboard on his toboggan, which led him to snowboard racing at the age of eight and fourteen podium performances on the Nor Am Tour. Gardner has been steadily progressing in the international ranking – notably placing fourth at the 2011 FIS World Junior Championships in PSL and placed third at National Championships in 2010.
Gardner has had a successful past couple of years, taking home the overall NorAM title in 2016 as well as some impressive results in 2017 including 1st at USASA Nationals, 21st in PSL & 24th in PGS at the 2017 Sierra Nevada FIS World Snowboard Championships and an 18th place at a World Cup in Winterberg, GER. Gardner looks to improve even more this season and has his sights set on representing Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
- 1st European Cup (PGS) - Simonhoehe, Austria - 19/20
- 3rd Speed Nation Alpine Nationals (PGS) - Blue Mountain, Ontario - 18/19
- 4th Speed Nation Alpine Nationals (PSL) - Blue Mountain, Ontario - 18/19
- 28th Winter Olympic PyeongChang PGS 2018
- 1st Nor-Am Cup Copper Mountain, USA PSL 17/18
- 1st Nor-Am Cup Blue Mtn, ON PGS 17/18
Craig McMorris caught up with Darren Gardner in Whistler, Canada to try his luck on a racing board. 2018 Korea Olympics candidate? We’ll let you be the judge.