Dara Howell

Dara Howell

Canadian skier, freestyler
Date of Birth: 23.08.1994
Country: Canada

Content:
  1. Biography of Dara Howell
  2. Olympic Success
  3. Inspiration from Sarah Burke
  4. Career Achievements

Biography of Dara Howell

Dara Howell is a Canadian skier and freestyler. She made history as the first freestyler to win gold in the inaugural slopestyle event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Born in Huntsville, Ontario, Howell began skiing at the age of two and started her professional career in 2010 as a member of the Muskoka Ski Club. She received her education at Tawingo College and also underwent special preparatory courses in the VLC program.

Dara Howell

Olympic Success

Heading into the Sochi Olympics, Howell was considered one of the top contenders for the gold medal. However, her fellow Canadian freestyler, Kaya Turski, was initially favored to win. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Turski faced health issues on the day of the competition, which caused her to miss the finals. Taking advantage of this opportunity, Howell scored 94.2 points in her first run and secured the gold medal. Another Canadian, Kim Lamarre, took the third-place spot in the slopestyle event.

Dara Howell

Inspiration from Sarah Burke

Dara Howell was influenced by the late Sarah Burke, a renowned Canadian freestyler. Burke played a crucial role in training and inspiring many exceptional athletes, including Howell. Unfortunately, Burke passed away before slopestyle became an Olympic discipline. Howell dedicated her victory to Burke and expressed her hope that Canadian athletes would continue to earn more gold medals in her memory.

Dara Howell

Career Achievements

Aside from her Olympic success, Dara Howell regularly competes in other major international events. At the Winter X Games XVII in Aspen, Colorado, she earned a third-place finish in slopestyle, behind Norwegian skier Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen and Kaya Turski. In the FIS World Cup overall standings, Howell made her debut in the 2011-2012 season, starting in 75th place. However, she steadily improved and climbed to 30th place in the 2012-2013 season. In specific disciplines, such as ski halfpipe and slopestyle, Howell debuted in the 2011-2012 season and achieved impressive rankings of 14th in slopestyle and 15th in halfpipe. She specialized in slopestyle and reached the 3rd position in the 2012-2013 season. As of now, the 2013-2014 season is still ongoing, with Howell firmly holding the second position in the rankings.

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