The threat of having to wear a spandex suit, and a nudge from her big brother, convinced a 7 year old Meryeta O’Dine to switch from alpine skiing to snowboarding. A NorAM title holder, a Canada Winter Games champion and even a World Cup bronze medalist at the age of 20, it’s a decision that has been paying off ever since.
Having captured gold at the Canada Winter Games at her home mountain of Mount Tabor in 2015 (Did we mention they named a run after her?), the Prince George native was officially added to the senior national team in 2016-2017. Racing in one of her first World Cup starts, O’Dine stunned the field and captured bronze at the 2017 Feldberg World Cup, becoming the only individual female snowboardcross medalist this past season.
Fuelled on her father’s self described « slop » (a mixture of moose meat, macaroni noodles and tomato sauce) the 24 year old is now primed for a career year with a goal of representing Canada at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
Bronze World Cup Medalist, 2x World Cup SBX Team Medalist, Olympian to date (Jan 2022)
- 4th Snowboardcross World Cup, Montafon, AUT 2021
- 14th Snowboardcross World Championships Idre Fjall, SWE 2021
- 5th Snowboardcross Team Event World Cup Montafon, AUT 2021
- 7th Snowboardcross World Cup Cervina, Italy - 18/19
- 7th Snowboardcross World Cup Feldberg, Germany - 18/19
- 3rd Snowboardcross Team Event World Cup Erzurum, TUR 2018
- Represented Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang
- 3rd Snowboardcross World Cup Feldberg, GER 2017
- 2nd Snowboardcross Team Event World Cup Montafon, AUT 2017
In the third installment of Mazda's Hang Time, Canadian snowboarder and rookie Craig McMorris joins World Cup Snowboard Cross Division champion, Christopher Robanske, at the Canadian National Championships. Who comes in first?