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Place of Birth: Calgary, AB
Residence: Calgary, AB
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Weight: 106 lbs
Considering he started downhill skiing at the young age of 18 months, it shouldn't come as any surprise that 16-year-old ski jumper Gregory Baxter will be one of Canada's youngest Olympians in Turin in 2006.
In addition to his early skiing, Baxter was also a natural tumbler, taking up the sport at the grizzled age of four. He continued down this path for eight more years, competing for Canada in the 2001 World Age Group Tumbling and Trampoline Championships in Odense, Denmark, where he finished in 10th place.
During his tumbling career, in 1996 to be precise, the young adventure-hound also took up ski jumping. Just seven-years-old when he began, his natural proclivity to the sport was obvious and soon he was traveling around the world to train and compete.
This past summer, Baxter managed four Top-50 results in the eight-event Summer Grand Prix. He also scored a 31st-place finish at the Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Rovaniemi, Finland in March of 2005. And though these aren't necessarily eye-popping results, they do nonetheless prove the program is headed in the right direction.
When Baxter, and teammate Stefan Read, head to Turin to compete in the 2006 Olympics, it will mark the first time since the 1992 Albertville Games that Canada will compete in the ski competition. They came dead last in those Games and are counting on much better results this time around.
2006 Skijumping Coverage