Birth Place: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Whistler, BC
National Team Since: 2012
Sponsors: The North Face, K2, Sushi Village, Giro
Yuki Tsubota’s career in slopestyle skiing may not have happened had it not been for a chance encounter. Yuki had been on skis since the age of three at her home mountain of Whistler Blackomb. When she was 10 years old she met Tavish Sutherland while out to dinner with her mom, Hiromi. Tavish convinced her to join the Blackomb club team.
For the next six years she’d compete in moguls while dabbling in other freestyle disciplines. By 16 Yuki was competing nationally and on the NorAm circuit for BC Freestyle and was dreaming about one day representing Canada at the Olympic Games like her idol at the time Jennifer Heil who had just won a gold medal at the Torino Olympic Winter Game in 2006.
However, at 17 Yuki began to lose interest in mogul skiing. She convinced BC Freestyle coach Mike Shaw to allow her to join the slopestyle team. The timing was perfect with the sport having been approved as an Olympic event in 2011. Yuki’s incredible ascent in the sport made her one of the young rising stars in freestyle and she was named to the national team just one year after committing to slopestyle full-time.
The Sutherland family is still helping her succeed today with Toben, Tavish’s brother, being the head coach of the national team program.
In 2014, Yuki got to fulfill her Olympic dream while representing Canada in slopestyle and finishing sixth overall at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
When she’s not skiing, Yuki enjoys mountain biking and recently began road biking. After the 2015-16 season ended, Yuki bet her dad, Alain, a trip to Hawaii that she could bike from Vancouver to Whistler and she ended up doing so by partaking in the Grand Fondo. Yuki also loves hanging out with her two dogs, Mr. Hapster and Hudson.