A standout performer at the 2011 world junior championships, where he picked up a bronze medal in combined, Brown is regarded as one of Canada’s stars of the future. The Toronto, Ont., native, a product of Craigleith Ski Club, made his World Cup debut in giant slalom in 2012 at the classic Swiss race in Adelboden. Last season ‘Downtown Philly Brown’ was part of the Canadian squad that came so close to a bronze medal in the team event at the world championships in Schladming, Austria. He also won the 2012-13 Nor-Am Cup giant slalom title.
2nd – Giant slalom – Canadian Championships – Whistler, B.C. (2013)
1st – Giant slalom – Nor-Am Cup – Nakiska, Alta. (2013)
3rd – Combined – World Junior Ski Championships – Crans Montana, SUI (2011)
World Cup rankings
Giant slalom: 38th
Birth date: 09/11/1991
Birth place: Toronto, Ont.
Residence: Toronto, Ont.
Hometown: Toronto, Ont.
Ski club: Craigleith Ski Club
Made team: 2011
Sponsor: Skiis & Biikes, Black & McDonald, JD Barnes
Weight: 190 pounds
Nicknames: Downtown Phil Brown – I’m pretty sure anyone with the last name “Brown” immediately inherits this nickname. Others are Philly or Browny.
First memory of skiing: Traveling back and forth from Toronto to Collingwood, Ont., on weekends to ski at Craigleith. Being up there with my family, going to the hill and getting dropped off in ski school became normal to me during the winters as soon as I knew how to ski.
Best moment in ski racing: Competing for Canada in the team event and placing fourth at the 2013 world champs in Schladming, Austria. The atmosphere at the event was something I will never forget. It was amazing to work with my teammates and make a run at a medal, missing the bronze by 0.01 seconds.
Worst moment in ski racing: Kirchberg Europa Cup in January 2013. I was struggling and failed to make top-60 for a second run. I wasn’t skiing to my potential for the entire month of January and this was the icing on the cake. I received a well-deserved stern talking to from my coach at the time, Dusan Grasic. If anyone knows him, you know that he can deliver a stern talking like no other. My season turned around after this, so it was one of those things that just needed to happen..
What is your Olympic dream? Obviously to be there competing for Canada is a major goal of mine. But you can’t stop there. I want to be competitive, in the hunt, and eventually working towards a medal!
What is the best thing about having the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia? Having the opportunity to go to Russia!
If you could listen to one song before leaving the start gate, what would it be? ‘Ni*$as in Paris’ by Jay-Z/Kanye West. Something about this song gets me fired up and relaxed at the same time. People who have been around me in the start know that I will often sing this song under my breath right up to the point of leaving the gate.
Hidden talents: Maybe it isn’t very surprising because I am Canadian, but I enjoy playing hockey. I grew up playing and in recent years I have been playing more regularly through the summers. Oh ya, and I can solve a Rubik’s cube…#Nerd
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? Tiger Woods. I think he would be interesting to talk to. Despite his recent reputation I still think that it would be cool.
If you had just one day left to live, how would you spend it? That’s tough. I think I’d probably just hang out with my family at our cottage on the lake just north of Toronto, Ont.
When you're not skiing, you're probably: working out, playing hockey, playing almost any other sport, or watching SportsCentre.
What’s the best thing about your hometown? Toronto is the biggest city in Canada. I am almost always amazed by the sheer size of it as I am driving through the city. There are so many hidden gems in such a big city. The beaches are amazing in the summer on Lake Ontario, and you can always find a cool street to walk along and discover something or someplace new.
What's the most surprising thing in your suitcase? I think I pack fairly normal stuff.
Your favourite thing to eat on the road: Krapfens (doughnuts) in the athlete lounges before World Cups. Definitely a necessity.
If you could design your own World Cup spot anywhere in the world, where would it be? I think it would be amazing to have a city event in Toronto, Ont.. The market isn’t huge for ski racing, but I think if they could somehow make an event out of it, people would show up, and it would be huge for growing the sport of skiing.
Where is your favourite place to race or train? Colorado, USA. You can never go wrong with training or racing in Colorado. Conditions are almost always superb down there, and it seems to always be Sunny!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? The ability to teleport.
If you could build your dream home anywhere in the world, where would it be? Cottage country north of Toronto on a lake. I could think of a more exotic place to build a home, but I have also wanted to have my own cottage on the lake where I can disappear from the city life.
Who is someone you admire in sport? Sidney Crosby. His professionalism on and off the Ice is something I admire. He is extremely focused on a single goal, which is to be the best and to help his team.