Ski Cross World Cup 2015/2016 – Val Thorences 12-12-2015 (Pentaphoto)
Ian started skiing at the young age of 2 at Big White Ski Resort. After skiing recreationally for a few years, his family decided to move to the ski resort for the winter. Faced with a decision of freestyle or alpine racing for an extracurricular activity, he chose to join the racing program. Ian skied his way onto the BC Development Team in high school. However, once he graduated he decided to enroll in the Human Kinetics program at the University of British Columbia Okanagan and hang up the ski boots. Not long into the next ski season, one of Ian’s friends convinced him to enter a Skier Cross race in which he placed 3rd. Ian casually entered a handful of races for the next two seasons which were highlighted by a 3rd place finish at the Canadian Nationals in 2010. After realizing his potential, he then competed full time on the Nor-Am Ski Cross Circuit in the 2012 where he won the overall season title.
The 2012 ski cross Nor-Am Cup champion enjoyed his first season on the World Cup circuit in 2012-13 as a member of the Canadian National Men’s prospect team. The Big White racer from Kelowna, B.C., posted an impressive 14th-place finish in Telluride, USA, before succumbing to a season ending knee injury. Currently, he is now named a full senior member of the team and is looking forward to put his hard work to the test against the best skiers in the world. Deans, who now has completed his degree in Human Kinetics/Kinesiology from UBC Okanagan, is a sports science fanatic and wishes to use his education to further increase his results in Ski Cross. His sights are solely set on success on the world’s biggest stage at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Birth Date: 09/04/1991
Birth Place: Edmonton, Alberta
Hometown: Kelowna B.C.
Ski Club: Big White Racers
Made Team: 2013
Weight: 190 lbs
Mission Statement from Ian
During the 2012 season, I competed on the North America Ski Cross Cup tour (Nor-AM), which saw the best Ski Cross racers compete at 8 Major events. I won 5 of those events and finished an extremely close 2nd place in another. The success of my races gave me the title of North American Ski Cross Champion, which then solidified a spot for me in World Cup races. Racing for Team Canada at the World Cup level was always a dream and because of my success, this dream came true. That dream is due in part to the intense amount of on-snow and gym training. However, just as fast as that dream became real, it nearly came crashing down. My rookie season racing World Cups for Canada was 2012-2013. In December of 2012 at a World Cup race in Telluride, Colorado, I was poised at the top of my game when I was taken down from behind while leading the race in the quarterfinals. I was beating previous Olympians, World Cup winners, World Champions, and even X-Games Silver medalists. Unfortunately, the crash resulted in a ruptured knee and an immediate end to the season. Looking back and seeing where I was, and how close I was to winning against the toughest men’s field gives me the motivation I need to fuel my body as I reach for the top. My mission moving forward is to capture success both on and off the snow by sticking to my core values of professionalism, devotion, and community involvement.