Birth Place: Lac-Beauport, QC
Hometown: Lac-Beauport, QC
National Team Since: 2011
Sponsors: Oakley, Caisse populaire Desjardins de Charlesbourg, Lineskis, Komforto, D-structure
The road to the 2014 Olympic bronze medal that Kim Lamarre won started with a goal at a very young age. When she was a little kid, Kim would listen to stories about her grandma, Ginette Séguin, who competed for Canada in alpine skiing at the 1956 Winter Olympic games in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.
Although she started skiing at the age of two, Kim never enjoyed the restrictions placed on the mountains and that’s why she was never drawn to alpine or mogul team. At thirteen she slid on her first rail and was instantly hooked to the idea of slopestyle skiing.
By 2004 Kim was making a name for herself in the industry and fell under the mentorship of legendary freeskier JP Auclair who took her under his wing.
Although she was heavily inspired by her grandma and her Olympic stories, slopestyle was not part of the Olympic program when Kim started her career, so she dreamed of competing at the X Games before the IOC officially made slopestyle an Olympic sport 2011.
What would happen between then and now is a true testament to the fortitude that Kim has as an individual. Although there were many successes in her career, including two X Games bronze medals, Kim showed her determination as a person when she self-funded her way to the Sochi Winter Olympic Games after being dropped from the Canadian team due to two consecutive season ending surgeries.
Her fight back was worth it as she stood on the Olympic podium next to teammate Dara Howell, who won gold, and witnessed the Canadian flag being raised in Sochi.