My name is Kim Lamarre, I'm a Canadian freeskier competing in Slopestyle. After missing out on the past two seasons due to ACL injuries, my goal is make the 2014 Canadian Olympic team! It would be, without a doubt, the exclamation point to my return!
The Reasons Behind...
My biggest motivation to make it to the Olympics is my grandmother Ginette Séguin! She represented Canada in alpine at the 1956 Winter Games. I can still see myself as a little kid walking around the house in her Olympic outfits and feeling so proud! It would be quite the achievement to follow her footsteps!
I also want to make it to the games to prove to myself and others that as long as you believe in yourself and work hard you can achieve anything you want. Coming back to competition after a two year hiatus and making it to world's the biggest sport's event would be such an inspirational accomplishment!
2nd place - Winter Dew Tour Breckenridge (Olympic Qualifier event)
4th place - Grand Prix / World cup Breckenridge (Olympic Qualifier event)
1st place - New Zealand Open
2nd place - FIS Winter Games
3rd place - X Games Europe
4th place - FIS Freestyle World Championships
4th place - Winter Dew Tour Ogden
5th place - X Games Aspen
1st place - New Zealand Open
1st place - Glacier 3000 invitational
2nd place - Winter Dew Tour Vermont
2nd place - US Freeskiing Open
Why the support
Well, after having back to back season ending injuries, the Canadian team decided to let me go. I've lost the help and funding from Canada. Other than a little financial help I'm getting from my sponsor Oakley, which I am very grateful for, I am now left on my own to pay for "my road to Sochi." I am aiming to raise 15 000$. That money will help me cover my seasonal fees and most importantly competition fees : Plane tickets, gas, lodging fees, competition entry fees, FIS membership fees, ski passes, gym passes and the list goes on! Skiing is definitely an expensive sport and your help will go a long way. Thank you!
I'd like to start by thanking Oakley and Simply Straws for support my rally with some awesome giveaways!
Now, if I get personal, I wouldn't be here without the help of some very special people. My grand mother Ginette who not only has been a true inspiration to me but also the best care giver during my knee recoveries! My mom Monique for always being there for me. My dad Andrew for being my #1 fan. My sister Sloane for always finding a way to make me laugh even in the toughest situations! My knee surgeon Dr. Réjean Cloutier, I couldn't be more grateful for the excellent work he has done on my knees. My trainer Jonathan Pelletier Ouellet, who stuck with me even though I wasn't apart of the Canadian team anymore. My physio Marcel Hardy. My girl Kaya Turski for being such a great and supportive friend that never stopped believing in me. John Roderick at neuproductions who filmed the interview part of my Rally me video, thank you again! Chanelle and Kjersti who made my last knee recovery a much more exciting one, they gave me something to look forward to, I got the opportunity to experience the "Cali living!" And of course this girl, Sarah Burke for everything that she is and for everything that she did. Celebrate Sarah!
Other Ways To Help
There are many ways to support me. Yes financial support is one but simply spreading the word about my rally on your facebook page, twitter and instagram account or by writing an email to all your friends will mean just as much to me! Thank you for your support!
More information about Kim
Kim Lamarre is a Canadian freeskier. Born and raised in Lac-Beauport, Québec, a small town home to Le Relais ski resort. Introduced to skiing at the young age of two, Kim, quickly made the local hill her favourite playground. Skiing brought a feeling of freedom to her life. Every day, out on snow, was a fun and unpredictable adventure. The youngster, put off by the idea of having “restrictions” on the mountain, never joined an alpine or mogul ski club. Instead, at the age of seven, Kim picked up snowboarding. She enjoyed switching back and forth between both snow sports. Still, at thirteen, the future X Games medalist slid her first rail and that was it! She instantly felt a special connection to freeskiing.
Her name whispered throughout the industry in 2004. That year, Kim met legendary skier Jp Auclair. He became in someways her mentor; she was fond of his knowledge as well as his detailed work. He happily brought her along his urban rail missions. Naturally gifted at rails, Kim took advantage of those precious opportunities and got the shot! The following years, the French Canadian was published in major ski magazines; Freeskier, SBC Skier and Powder to name a few.
Her career was on the rise. She got her competitive breakthrough in 2008. Kim landed a second place position at the US Freeskiing Open slopestyle earning her a prestigious invitation for the 2009 Winter X Games. Unfortunately, the event ran under snowy conditions and Kim came up short on a feature; consequently tearing the ligament of her left knee. Now facing her first major injury, Kim took on this new challenge like any other, with dedication and hard work. She grew stronger throughout the rehabilitation process and in 2011, Kim was back on the competitive scene earning her first X Games medal!
When not traveling and competing, Kim cherishes slowing down the pace of her life. She’s all about enjoying the present moment. As a curious human, she’s constantly looking for new ideas and approaches to expand her personal knowledge. Gardening, cooking, playing as well as dancing are some of her favourite activities to channel her energy.
At present, Kim is preparing for the 2014 Olympic Games. The qualifying events are scheduled to begin December 2013. Following her grand-mother’s footsteps, who represented Canada, in alpine, at the 1956 Cortina d’Ampezzo Winter Games, would be a dream come true.
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