Date of Birth:  August 23, 1979
 Place of Birth: Calgary, AB
 Residence: Calgary, AB
 Years on National Team:
 6
 Height:  N/A
 Weight: N/A


After six years on the Canadian freestyle team, aerials specialist Kyle Nissen has chosen the exact right time to emerge as a world-beater -- during an Olympic year. Although he did manage a fifth-place result at the 2005 World Championships in Ruka, Finland, Nissen still finished the 2004-05 World Cup season ranked 14th on the circuit.

However, in 2005-06, it's been a different story. He has been on fire since the get-go, finishing no worse than in eighth place in eight events prior to the Olympics. In those eight outings, he has five podium finishes, including one gold medal, two silver and two bronze. The five medals earned this season match his total from his previous five years on the tour.

One of the bright spots in last year's average season was a second-place result in Turin on the hill that will be the location of this year's Olympic competition. That result should give Nissen, who comes to the Games ranked the number one aerials skier on tour, even more confidence.

Back in 2002, Nissen narrowly missed qualifying for the Salt Lake City Games. He calls it the low point of his career. Now, four years later in Italy, the Calgary native has something many athletes never get -- a second chance. Here's hoping he makes the most of the opportunity.



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