| Date of Birth:
March 9, 1985
Place of Birth: Dartmouth, NS
Residence: Halifax, NS
Years on National Team:
As Nova Scotia's only Olympic athlete at the Turin Games, snowboarder Sarah Conrad comes to Italy carrying the hopes of her entire province. Fortunately, like most competitors in the sport, she brings a crucial fearlessness factor with her to the halfpipe that should help keep her emotions in check.
A natural athlete her entire life, Conrad first hit the slopes as a youngster on a pair of skis. However, after trying snowboarding as a wide-eyed 13-year-old, there was no going back. A couple of short years later she was competing in the National Championships in the halfpipe, where she finished in 17th-place.
Since then, Conrad has quickly moved up the halfpipe ranks. In 2002, she would finish seventh in the Junior World Championships, followed by two Nor-Am Cup victories. Clearly, she was becoming one to watch.
By 2004, the Dartmouth native was racing primarily on the World Cup circuit, where her high-difficulty tricks were beginning to earn her high marks. A pair of fourth-place finishes against elite competition on the circuit that year convinced her she had what it takes to be a world-beater.
So far in 2005-06, the 20-year-old has had middling results. Her best finish to date has been a 12th in Whistler, BC.
Conrad has a twin brother who used to also race competitively, as well as a younger brother, Nick, who is also trying to make a name for himself in the halfpipe.
2006 Snowboarding Coverage