Two three time Olympians, two Sochi 2014 Olympians and two Korea 2018 Olympic Hopefuls
Mercedes Nicoll - Sochi 2014, Vancouver 2010, Turin 2006
Mercedes Nicoll is the most decorated rider of the Canadian women’s halfpipe team, Nicoll has gone to the Olympics Three times for Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014. In front of a home crowd in 2010 Nicoll rose to the occasion finishing in sixth place – her most memorable moment in life and Canada’s best result in halfpipe for both sexes in 2010. Later that year, Nicoll went on to podium at two consecutive World Cup events, and placing 4th at the European X-Games and wrapping up the season ranked fourth in the world.
Nicoll was born in North Vancouver, originally competed in figure skating and alpine skiing before adopting snowboarding. After moving to Whistler Nicoll Started snowboarding in 1996 and by 1997 she was competing locally. In the summer when she isn’t snowboarding she likes to stay active: yoga, bike, swim, and many more.
Nicoll currently does work with The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, KidSport, and has worked closely with BCMA Be Active Every Day, getting elementary kids active.
Derek Livingston - Sochi 2014
Derek was born in Scarborough, Ontario, and raised in Aurora. Livingston picked up snowboarding after watching his older brother – who he looked up to and wanted to be like. Derek did his first turns on a board at eight years old, under the supervision and teachings of his father.
Derek has had three 1st place finishes at the Snow Crown events, a 4th at the Canadian Open and at his first Olympic Games in Sochi placed 19th when missing finals by half a point in his heat.
Livingston spends his summers at Camp of Champions in Whistler, BC and working for Station Creek Golf Course in Ontario.
Katie Tsuyuki - Sochi 2014
Katie Tsuyuki made her Olympic debut at Sochi 2014, where she missed a spot in the final by one place, finishing as top Canadian female halfpiper in 13th place overall, best Canadian out of both sexes.
Tsuyuki had made her World Cup debut in December 2005 in Whistler. She would record her best World Cup result in January 2010, finishing ninth in Stoneham, Quebec. Just a couple of weeks later, she was at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, not as a competitor, but as a forerunner for the halfpipe competition.
Currently, Katie is holding speaking engagements with schools and groups, talking about passion and its importance, and her experience at the Olympics.
Calynn Irwin - 2018 Olympic Hopeful
Calynn Irwin grew up in Toronto, Ontario. After seeing the Canada Snowboard Nationals come to Georgian Peaks in 1996 and the resort build its first halfpipe, Irwin ditched her skis, jumped on a board and started jumping off everything.
Irwin holds 2 Podiums and 2 top fifths at the Canada Snowboard National Championships, 13th at the 2014 US Open in Vail Colorado and a 2nd place finish at the 2014 SnowCrown at Blue Mountain. Irwin has competed in five US Snowboarding Championships with a tenth place being her best result.
In the summer, she enjoys playing tennis and golf with her father. Irwin is currently studying classical studies at Queen’s University and supports Camp Amici, a charity that helps send underprivileged kids to summer camp. (www.amicicharity.org)
Trevor Niblett - 2018 Olympic Hopeful
Trevor Niblett, a Toronto native, is the rookie on the team but still has plenty of experience under him. Trevor has been snowboarding since he was a preteen and he is also talented in other areas, like wakeboarding and trampoline.
Trevor has spent several years training with top Canadian coaches in the Shreducation and Simple Snowboarding programs. He has also earned Canadian podiums including gold at the 2011 Canadian Winter Games, many Canadian National podiums and recently a 3rd place in Canada's biggest event, the Sony Snow Crown.
Halfpipe CAN welcomes Trevor, his enthusiasm for the sport and overall likable demeanor makes him a great addition to our team and to the sport of halfpipe in Canada.
Brad Martin - Sochi 2014, Vancouver 2010, Turin 2006
Though Brad Martin’s first on snow experience at 16 months old was skiing, he switched to snowboarding at the age of 8, and hasn’t looked back since!
An accomplished rider with experience at three Olympic Games Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010, and Sochi 2014, Brad is one of Canada’s top Halfpipe riders. The 2010 Olympic Games was the most memorable moment in his career, as the roar of the home crowd helped him to a 23rd place finish. Coming off a 10th place finish at the 2013 FIS Snowboard World Championships, and with another 20 top-ten results on the FIS World Cup including five podiums and four National titles throughout his career. When he’s not snowboarding, you can often find Brad dirtbiking with the same group of friends he grew up riding with in Ontario.
In 2011, the Ancaster Minor Sports Association honoured Martin by naming its office boardroom, inside Ancaster’s historic Hammill House, the Brad Martin Boardroom.