Athletes to Watch for Shallow Reasons: Julia Murray & Anna Goodman

This 2-for-1 “A2W4SR” special features two Canadian ski cuties who are fighting through injury to compete in the Games. They’re both recovering from recent ACL injuries but will likely be braced up like Forrest Gump and doing their best to give’r in their respective events.

Anna Goodman’s a rising star in Slalom, and was starting to break into the top-1o before the injury. Her comprehensive blog gives you a good look at life on the World Cup circuit. She’s also the master of rock n’ roll air jump photos.

Anna Goodman

Julia Murray is one of Canada’s top skier cross athletes. Her dad was legendary Crazy Canuck Dave Murray, who passed away from skin cancer in 1990. Her mom, Stephanie Sloan, was 3-time world champion in freestyle skiing. In other words, Julia is hardwired for speed and bumps.

Julia Murray

All cuteness aside, it’s impressive that these girls are even competing in these Games. If things don’t work out, they have a very valid excuse, and both are young enough to be in several more Olympics to come. You’ve been warned Sochi.

Sweet FUBAR air from Brigitte Acton and Anna Goodman

Julia Murray

Goodman in action

Julia Murray

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Athletes to watch for shallow reasons: Julia Mancuso

No, no, the boots stay ON.

Julia Mancuso, aka “Super Jules”, is a US alpine skier who isn’t afraid of speed, or the camera for that matter.

Julia ran her first World Cup ski race at age 15, making her a grizzled veteran at the age of 24. In that time, she’s racked up several podium finishes, including a gold medal in Torino. In the short off-seadon, Julia can be found surfing with the Canadian Cowboys in Hawaii, or being felt up in a hot tub by fellow “shallow reasons” inductee Chemmy Alcott.

She’s well known on the circuit for wearing a tiara on the outside of her helmet in slalom races. That affectation has inspired her soon-to-be-released line of lingerie titled “Kiss My Tiara”. Watch out, Agent Provocateur.

Learn more about Julia’s World Cup adventures on her comprehensive blog

Learn more about her cuteness by checking out these pictures:

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Athletes to watch for shallow reasons: Kimi Zakreski

“God damn you half-Japanese girls, do it to me everytime.”

— Weezer (back when they were good)


You’re looking at Alpine snowboarder Kimiko Zakreski. Kimi was born in St. Albert, but now calls Calgary home, making her a more attractive version of Jarome Iginla.

As you can see from the name, she’s part Japanese and part Polish, so her favourite food is sushi and perogies (that’s from her bio, it’s not me stereotyping).

While some might know Kimi for her respectable results on the World Cup circuit, including a silver and a top 16 overall world ranking, more people know her as the girl from Over the Bolts who has to listen to teammate Michael Lambert whine about everything.

If you want to see Kimi in action, I highly recommend catching her on OTB, which is a snowboard reality show kind of like Peak Season, except the stars are attractive and can actually ride.

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Athletes to watch for shallow reasons: Ashleigh McIvor

Ashleigh’s post from a few weeks ago deserves an encore after her gold digging ways in today’s ski cross. Enjoy:

The girl you see before wearing the feet of an illegally poached Polar Bear is Ashleigh McIvor, Canada’s top qualifier in the renegade sport of skiercross. When she’s not pissing off Greenpeace with her footwear, she’s barreling down the mountain ripping around banked turns and flying off kickers while throwing elbows that would make Charles Barkley proud.

Ashleigh’s from Whistler, so based on what I’ve learned from Peak Season, her hobbies include binge drinking, punching guys and then making out with the guy she just punched. If you’re into official bios, you can probably find some better stuff here.

Athletes to watch for shallow reasons: Chemmy Alcott


Chemmy Alcott comes from the powerhouse ski nation of England. Because my girlfriend is from England, I’m going to say Chemmy is the second cutest girl to come out of Jolly Ol’.  She’s not really a threat to the podium, but she is a threat to melt the snow in Whistler this February. Get it? Because she’s hot.

She recently put out an interesting video about everything ski racers wear to protect themselves. It’s worth watching, if you don’t mind some obvious plugs for her sponsor. On the upside, she kinda sorta strips down.

Silver Spoon

If there’s one Canadian that deserves more cowbell in 2010, it’s Jeremy Wotherspoon. He’s the hard luck story of the Canadian Olympics, having accomplished everything in the sport aside from winning a Gold Medal. You might remember a fall during the start of the 500m in the Salt Lake Olympics, leaving him looking more like Bambi on ice than the most successful speed skater in the history of ever.

Since then, it’s been more ups and downs. He took a hiatus from the sport after 2006 and worked on a fishing boat in Norway. All that fishing gave him time to reflect, and like a NASCAR fan in the off-season, he found that he hopelessly missed the oval.

Strapping the blades on again in 2007/08, Wotherspoon won 9 out of 10 races. Then in 2009, a crash left his arm broken into six pieces. The recovery from his latest setback left many wondering if he’d even qualify for the Olympics.

Over the holidays in Calgary, he did just that, looking back on form in the 500m and winning the Canadian qualifiers—just in the nick of time.

So, beside the fact that he’s a passionate fly-fisherman (awesome), you owe it to yourself to cheer this Canadian to the top step of the podium in 2010.