Ski cross racer Jamie Prebble loves the excitement, speed and thrill of racing against three other people at 80km/hr and just millimetres apart. The former alpine ski racer made the switch to the freestyle discipline of ski cross in 2012. He began competing on the World Cup tour and a string of promising results saw him win the Snow Sports NZ Breakthrough Season Award for 2015. Jamie went on to claim a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships in Sierra Nevada. Jamie represented NZ team at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.
Disciplines: Ski cross
Career highlights: 2018 Winter Olympian; Silver medal, World Championships, Spain, 2017; 5th at the Audi ski cross World Cup races in Arosa, Switzerland, 2016; 6th at the Audi ski cross World Cup races in Are, Sweden, 2015; 1st European Cup, France 2016; 3rd place, Austrian National Champs 2016.
Introduced to skiing at the age of four, Jamie enjoyed the thrills, spills and speed with family holidays at the local Canterbury mountains and trips down south to Treble Cone.
The middle son of three boys, Jamie needed to make sure he was noticed when it came to the sporting arena. As a young athlete his strengths were spread across a range of sports particularly athletics and tennis; however, as his family was drawn to the mountains and the snow, his passion for ski racing grew.
In 2012 Jamie made the change from alpine racing to Ski Cross. He loves the excitement, the speed and thrill of racing against three other people at 80km/hr and just millimetres apart.
In February 2015 Jamie posted a career best result with a sixth place finish at the Audi ski cross World Cup races in Are, Sweden. He won the Snow Sports NZ Breakthrough Season Award for 2015.
Jamie closed out 2016 with another PB, finishing 5th in the World Cup held at Arosa in Switzerland. His 2017 northern hemisphere season ended on a high with Jamie racing to a silver medal finish at the World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Jamie competed at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and finished in 24th place.
Education is also important to Jamie who is currently studying Finance at Canterbury University. His off-snow hobbies include cycling, water skiing, surfing and tennis.
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