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Kimberly Joines


One of the world’s best female sit-skiers, Joines is a two-time IPC world champion, 22-time IPC World Cup winner and two-time Paralympic bronze medallist. Joines, who suffered a spinal-cord injury in a terrain park accident, returned to competition in 2011-12 after recovering from a serious injury that ruled her out of the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games. When Joines isn’t racing, she can still be found on the slopes hitting the powder.

Top Results

IPC World Cup overall champion (2008)
Bronze – Slalom – Paralympic Winter Games – Sochi, RUS (2014)
Bronze – Super-G – Paralympic Winter Games – Turin, ITA (2006)

IPC World Cup rankings:

Overall: 6th
Slalom: 5th
Giant slalom: 6th


Birth date: 27/01/1981
Birth place: Edmonton, Alta.
Residence: Rossland, B.C.
Hometown: Rossland, B.C.
Made team: 2002
Sponsor: Del Metals, Salient Maritime Inc., CanFund


Height: 5-7
Weight: 155 pounds
Skis: Rossignol
Goggles: Uvex
Helmet: Uvex



Nickname:  Nicknames don’t often stick with me. Around the team I think ‘KJ’ is as inventive as it gets. Around home and old friends, the two most frequently used are ‘Ba’, which is a shortened form of ‘Kimba’, and ‘PK’, which was developed to make fun of me shortly after my spinal cord injury… it stands for ‘Poor Kim’.  It is only used in the appropriate context if you add a great deal of sarcasm to your delivery of it, as, in truth, anyone who knew me well at the time knew NOT to feel sorry for me. I wasn’t feeling sorry for myself either; it was more of a comical response to the comments of random strangers who felt the need to tell me ALL THE TIME that they felt sorry for me.  A wheelchair has an odd effect on strangers.

First memory of skiing?  I learned to ski at 5 years old. My Dad taught my older brother and me on the same day at Lake Eden ski hill, which is tiny bump of a hill west of Spruce Grove, A.B., which no longer operates. I had long, straight, old, heavy-as-hell planks, which we picked up for really cheap at the ski swap. Despite the fact that the ancient equipment likely hampered our learning curve, we had it figured out pretty quick. It was the beginning of a lifetime of loving snow.

Best moment in ski racing?  My best moment in ski racing was a super combined during our own IPC World Cup in Panorama, B.C. I had skied poorly all week, DNF’ing in almost every race. I managed to get through my super-G portion of the event without a DNF, but I think I was six or eight seconds off of the leader, and sitting in fourth place at best. I had been killing the slaloms this season and was pretty confident that I could have a great run and reduce the gap, at least moving up a spot or two.   I grunted my way down the course, smashing through the gates, and when I came across the line I had made up the full spread, finishing in first.  I think it is the first time I have ever fist pumped in the finish area, and really let myself celebrate in front of my competitors, but it was just so emotional I couldn’t hold it in. I had been so frustrated with my week, but this made up for it all.

What is your Paralympic dream?  Despite winning overall titles and many IPC World Cup podiums, I only have one Paralympic bronze. I was injured during the 2010 Whistler Games and unable to compete, so I have a two-part Paralympic dream:  first, to be healthy for the next Games, and secondly, to earn better than a bronze.

What is the best thing about having the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia? It’s somewhere new; I like to see the world, and it’s not somewhere I would have likely traveled on my own outside of the team setting.

If you could listen to one song before leaving the start gate, what would it be?  Probably anything by Josh Martinez, because he makes me smile, or maybe some Brother Ali if I need some more aggression for slalom.

If you could bring any three people in the world - living or from the past - to one of your races, who would they be? I would bring family members from the past who I know would be really proud of what I’ve done with my life, and who would enjoy seeing me compete – specifically my Great Grandma and Grandpa Ovans, and Great Uncle John.  

Hidden talent: I can handle really, really spicy food!  I spend a lot of time cooking, and like to push the limits with how much heat I add.

If you had just one day left to live, how would you spend it?  I would start with a great coffee and egg’s Benedict, then find some powder and shred (shocker, I know!), maybe have a hot tub with my man, then help him cook the best dinner we can think up. We’d have wine, sit by the fire. These plans would become infinitely more adventurous and exciting if I also had access to a helicopter for the day.

If you could own a business or be trained in any career other than ski racing, what would you choose? I do have a business degree, which I might one day put to use. I have always wanted to own a coffee shop, but it is pretty hard to have success at such a venture in the town where I live. For practical reasons, I might actually get my acupuncture ticket and open a clinic doing acupuncture.

When I’m not skiing, you can probably find me: camping, gardening, eating gourmet food or chilling on my back deck.

What’s the best thing about your hometown?  The best thing about my hometown is my friends and family who live there. If I go back to Edmonton, you will find me at Remedy/Matahari, downtown, or near Whyte Ave.

What's the most surprising thing in your suitcase when you’re on the road?  I don’t think my suitcase holds any big surprises, as I am a practical packer.  However, in order to keep my sit-ski safe, I always have rolls of giant bubble wrap and duct tape with me.

What's your favorite thing to eat or drink during race season?  The best food and drink of the season always happens at MY HOUSE between trips. My man loves to cook, and he is always making me amazing food to enjoy (with wine to match) – better than any restaurant, for sure!

If you could design your own World Cup spot anywhere in the world, where would it be?  Selfishly, I would put a World Cup back in Rossland, B.C., where I live. They used to host back in the 60s, I think. I would like it for two reasons: first, I could show off my awesome little town; second, if we hosted a downhill it would be sure to guarantee a bunch of powder for the locals … then we could all go powder skiing.  First rule of ski racing: if you want it to snow, host a downhill!

Where is your favorite place to race or train?  I love skiing anywhere in Austria because the vibe is awesome. Skiing is to Austrians what hockey is to Canadians, so the host town is always full of stoke.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? If I had one superpower I would like to be able to read people’s minds. This could get tiring though, so I would need an on/off switch. More than anything, this would help me communicate with my boyfriend, who seems to think I can read his mind already. Plus, I’d be down with ALL of the small town gossip, instead of just most of it.

If you could build your dream home anywhere in the world, where would it be? My dream homes would involve two locations: one in Rossland, B.C., which would be a bigger better version of what I already own, but the garage would be twice the size of the home. The second one would be on acreage, on water, where we could sled ski and quad out of ... likely further north, but still in B.C.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen a teammate do while on the road? I am not sure if funny is the word, but at the end of long trips the delirium starts to set in, which made it seem funny. One year, now-retired teammate Lauren Woolsentcroft won a very large cured ham in one of the first dates on a European tour. We carried the ham with us for the remainder of the tour, and it became the team mascot. The ham could be seen on the hill wearing sunglasses, riding in wheelchairs, seat-belted into the van; I think you get the idea. I believe the ham even had a Facebook page, though I am not sure what ‘his’ name was.

Who is someone you admire in sport?  I always respected and admired my old teammate Lauren Woolstencroft, both because of her work ethic, and her humility.  She was always very successful on our circuit, but she always let the skiing rather than her mouth do the talking. I admire this, because I find I am too often the opposite.


All Results


IPC World Cup podiums
2nd - Slalom - Copper, USA (Jan. 2014)
2nd - Slalom - Copper, USA (Jan. 2014)
3rd - Giant slalom - Copper, USA (Jan. 2014
2nd - Giant slalom - Panorama, CAN (Jan. 2014)
3rd - Giant slalom - St. Moritz, SUI (Jan.  2013)
1st – Super combined – Panorama, B.C. (March 2012)
1st – Slalom – Winter Park, USA (March 2012)
2nd – Super-G – Winter Park, USA (March 2012)
1st – Giant slalom – La Molina, SPA (Feb. 2012)
2nd – Slalom – La Molina, SPA (Feb. 2012)
1st – Giant slalom – Arta Terme, ITA (Jan. 2012)
1st – Slalom – Arta Terme, ITA (Jan. 2012)
2nd – Giant slalom – Abtenau, AUT (2010)
2nd – Giant slalom – Roll Rinn, AUT (2010)
1st – Super-G – Whistler, B.C. (2009)
1st – Downhill – Sestriere, ITA (2009)
1st – Downhill – Sestriere, ITA (2009)
1st – Super combined – Sestriere, ITA (2009)
2nd – Giant slalom – La Molina, ESP (2009)
1st – Giant slalom – Abtenau, AUT (2008)
1st – Super combined – Abtenau, AUT (2008)
1st – Super combined – Abtenau, AUT (2008)
1st – Super-G – Abtenau, AUT (2008)
1st – Giant slalom – Queyras, FRA (2008)
1st – Giant slalom – Queyras, FRA (2008)
1st – Slalom – Queyras, FRA (2008)
1st – Slalom – Queyras, FRA (2008)
1st – Giant slalom – High1, KOR (2008)
1st – Giant slalom – High1, KOR (2008)
1st – Slalom – High1, KOR (2008)
1st – Giant slalom – Hakuba, JPN (2008)
1st – Super-G – Aspen, USA (2007)
3rd – Super-G – Arta Terme (2007)
2nd – Giant slalom – Yong Pyong, KOR (2006)
3rd – Giant slalom – Yong Pyong, KOR (2006)
2nd – Super-G – Yong Pyong, KOR (2006)
3rd – Super-G – Artesina, ITA (2006)
3rd – Giant slalom – Steamboat Springs, USA (2005)
3rd – Slalom – Tignes, FRA (2004)
2nd – Super-G – Abtenau, AUT (2004)
2nd – Super-G – Widschönau, AUT (2004)
2nd – Super-G – Wildschönau, AUT (2004)
3rd – Giant slalom – Wildschönau, AUT (2004)
2nd – Super-G – Sestriere, ITA (2004)
3rd – Slalom – Sestriere, ITA (2004)


2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Sochi, RUS
3rd - Slalom

2006 Paralympic Winter Games – Turin, ITA
3rd – Super-G
7th – Giant slalom


Para-alpine Canadian Championships
Canadian giant slalom champion (2014)
Canadian slalom champion (2014) 


IPC World Ski Championships
2nd - Downhill - La Molina, SPA (2013)
3rd - Slalom - La Molina, SPA (2013)
2nd - Super combined - La Molina, SPA (2013)
3rd - Giant slalom- La Molina, SPA (2013)
3rd – Super-G – High1, KOR (2009)
1st – Super-G – High1, KOR (2009)
6th – Super combined – High1, KOR (2009)
2nd – Slalom – High1, KOR (2009)
1st – Downhill – High1, KOR (2009)
3rd – Super-G – Widschönau, AUT (2004)
4th – Giant slalom – Widschönau, AUT (2004)
5th – Slalom – Widschönau, AUT (2004)