The handsome, and very talented, Steve Omischl is a Canadian freestyle skier, competing in the aerials. His debut to the World was in 1999, when I just graduated from high school, where he finished with a silver medal at the World Cup at an event in Blackcomb. Although he made it to the podium several times after that, he finally took first place in mid 2002. This guy is a star, having been on the podium for 40 World Cup events, 3 of which he won overall (2004, 2007, and 2008).
Here are some of his stats:
Sport: Freestyle Skiing
Birthdate: November 16, 1978
Born & Raised: North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Weight: 156 lbs
Olympics: 2006, 2002
When he’s not skiing, he also likes to play golf and tennis. He’s actually really good at golf too and is trying to break into that sport professionally as well. An athlete, year-round that’s for sure.
Omischl has competed in last two Olympic Games. In 2002 in Salt Lake City, he placed 4th in qualifying, but 11th in the final, not making it to the podium. In his second attempt in 2006 in Turin, his first jump was good enough to take him to the finals, but unfortunately the second one resulted in a 20th place finish.
Omischl is a perfectionist and I think he has what it takes for gold this year. Going into the 2010 Olympics, he’s the three-time reigning World Cup aerials champion, having finished with either a first or second in the World Cup standings 6 out of the last 7 years. That’s pretty fantastic.
Go Steve! Go Team Canada!