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Jim Schiman

Tell us about your freestyle skiing career as an athlete. When and how did you start? 

I skied moguls because it was fun. My best results are Fernie World Cup 1st, Inawashiro World Cup 2nd (both 2004).

How did you get involved in freestyle skiing specifically?

I went to my first Jr Nationals when I was 13. I had never really competed before but placed 3rd there.

How and why did you get into coaching?

I retired as an athlete in 2006 (Canadian National Team) after being unable to rehab an injury in time to compete that World Cup season. For the last 4-5 years of my competitive career I knew I would transition to coaching. I was lucky to get a position with the Canadian Team immediately and work with some incredible coaches.

how did your coaching career evolve to what it is today? 

I went from Canadian Women’s assistant coach (NorAm) 2006-2010 to Women’s Canadian Head Coach (2011 season). I then went to Russia to help lead that program their National Team from 2011-2016. After that I worked with BC/AB & ON Provincial Teams a bit as well as running coaching clinics for Freestyle Canada. 2017/18 was spent with AB team, 2018/19 back with Canada.

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