Vancouver, October 23, 2018– Freestyle Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Judge as Chief Executive Officer of Freestyle Canada, a position he held from 2004 to 2014.
The move marks a return to his roots for Judge, an ardent advocate of freestyle skiing who has worked with Freestyle Canada in several capacities over the years – as athlete, coach and administrator. He left the organization after the Sochi Games to become Director of Winter Sport at Own the Podium, succeeding Ken Read in that position.
During his tenure as CEO with Freestyle Canada, Judge led the Canadian freestyle athletes to 19 Olympic medals, 69 FIS World Championship medals and more than one thousand podiums on the World Cup circuit, along with nine FIS Nations Cups.
Known for being passionate, innovative and practical, Peter Judge has striven to have new freestyle skiing disciplines included in Olympic events. After seeing his sport accepted as a demonstration event at the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary while he was head coach of the national team, he was able to get slopestyle and halfpipe included on the official program at the 2014 Games in Sochi.
Judge has also worked tirelessly to boost the quality of the freestyle skiing system in Canada, notably by improving facilities and giving coaches stronger technical support to help guide the athletes’ development. This vision contributed in large part to Freestyle Canada’s best-ever Olympics performance when the team garnered seven medals in Sochi.
He also co-authored the original FIS rules and served as the chairman of the FIS Freestyle Rules and Technical Committee for 14 years.
A member of the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame, the Calgary, Alberta native pursued his international skiing career over nine years in the 1970s and 80s and was crowned world champion in the 1983 general rankings. He was the head coach for the Canadian freestyle ski team from 1985 to 1997, managing a group of athletes that podiumed three times at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. In all, he has represented Canada seven times at various Olympics, both as head coach and team leader.