Date of Birth:  May 15, 1981
 Place of Birth: Vernon, BC
 Residence: Vernon, BC
 Years on National Team:
 5
 Height:  N/A
 Weight: N/A


Never known as one to lack confidence, Tom Velisek started his snowboardcross career off with a bang, winning the Canadian title in 2001. The following year, he would race primarily in FIS and Nor-Am Cup events, winning three times.

By 2003, he was competing with the high flyers on the World Cup tour. And in his first race at that level that season, he stunned the German crowd at Berchtesgaden when he walked away with his first career World Cup medal, a bronze.

In 2004, Velisek would complete his best result to date, claiming gold at a World Cup stop in Bad Gastein, Austria. Not bad for a guy who started out racing in the more sedate sport of cross-country skiing. Then again, considering he's the middle child of five brothers and sisters, it's not too surprising that he developed a serious competitive spirit.

The 2005-06 campaign started off miserably for Velisek, with 44th, 35th and 37th-place results in his first three races. Fortunately, he has turned it around since then, picking up a seventh-place result in Whistler, BC, and his third-career podium finish, a bronze, at Bad Gastein, the site of his only World Cup victory.

A country boy at heart, Velisek vows to never live in a city. He hopes to stay in snowboarding, perhaps as a coach or course designer, when his competitive career winds down. However, before he starts thinking about that, he has some business to take care of in Turin.



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