Philp is part of an emerging group of young Canadian technical racers who are starting to establish themselves on the World Cup circuit. The Calgary, Alta., native made his first World Cup start during the 2011-12 season and balances his studies at the University of Denver with racing at the highest level. Philp competed at both the senior and junior world championships in 2013 and won the Canadian giant slalom title.
27th - giant slalom - FIS World Cup - Val d'Isere, FRA (2013)
Canadian slalom (2012) and giant slalom (2013) champion
Six Nor-Am Cup podiums
4th - Slalom - World junior championships - Roccaraso, ITA (2012)
World Cup rankings
Giant slalom: 50th
Birth date: 01/05/1992
Birth place: Toronto, Ont.
Residence: Calgary, Alta.
Hometown: Calgary, Alta.
Ski club: Banff Alpine Racers
Made team: 2012
Weight: 176 pounds
Nicknames: All my nicknames come from the ski community. One that was present for a few years but now is only used by some is TP. My older brother Jamie, who raced up until the Alberta Ski Team, was always known as JP, so when I came up into FIS racing, many who knew him as JP started calling me TP. Another nickname that started a few years ago is Tito. It really was and is Trevor White’s nickname, but given our similar first names, it caught on for me as well. Another nickname that is pretty common among the national team now is Junior. Being on the same team with Trev, it got too confusing both being called Tito. So mine transitioned quickly to Tito Junior and then to just Junior.
First memory of skiing: One of my earliest memories of skiing is from my home club of Banff Mount Norquay. I was four years old, and my ski instructor/coach wanted to take me up “The Big Chair,” or the North American. It’s an old two-man chair that’s totally long and steep all the way, and not groomed. So we went and did it, and now I’m here!
Best moment in ski racing: There are so many incredible memories from over the years. One that always sticks out to me is being a forerunner at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in Whistler. I got to run both the men’s and women’s downhill tracks, which was incredible. The entire week was just an absolute blast, and something I will never forget.
Worst moment in ski racing: I suppose that might be a few years back in Chamonix, France. It was my first time attending the World Junior Ski Championships, and I ripped apart my meniscus in the slalom race. That knee was a nagging problem for me for the next 2.5 years or so, which is why that was a bad moment. Other than that little incident, the week in Chamonix was incredible; such a memorable and cool experience.
What is your Olympic dream? Growing up it was my goal to make it to the Olympics. No specific year, but just to go and represent Canada at an Olympic Winter Games. Now, it is my goal and dream to not only show up and race at the Games, but to show up, race, and make a statement with my skiing! I want to go there being able to compete with the best.
What is the best thing about having the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia? Each and every Games has a unique way of showcasing a country’s culture, history, beliefs, and just the ways of that nation. I am excited to see what Russia will do – I’m sure it will be impressive. It is also a country I have never been to before, nor will I likely spend much time there in my life. So to be able to go there for this special event would be outstanding.
If you could listen to one song before leaving the start gate, what would it be? Well, right now, hard to say. It changes. But I can say that for the last handful of races last year, including nationals in Whistler, I was getting the adrenaline flowing with ‘Radioactive’ by Imagine Dragons. I would even sing it to myself in the start gate, Also, a song about some people in Paris always gets me going!
If you could bring any three people in the world - living or from the past - to one of your races, who would they be? One of them would be Lebron James, because what a sight that would be seeing him over in Europe at the bottom of a ski race. It would also mean I would get to meet him, which would be awesome. Another would be my dog, Junior, because if he was at the bottom it’d be hard not to smile no matter how I did. Finally, I’d like to bring all of my grandparents. They are always interested and supportive of what I do, so I think it would be quite the experience for them to see what it’s all about over in Europe.
Hidden talent: Nothing really comes to mind here. Although, I do try to be a really nice guy.
If you had just one day left to live, how would you spend it? If someone told me I had one day left to live, I’d tell them to get lost. If I could design my dream day right now, it’d probably be at my cottage in Ontario with my family, because I just don’t get enough of those days these years.
If you could own a business or be trained in any career other than ski racing, what would you choose? I am hoping to be fairly well trained with an undergraduate degree in business in a couple of years. I don’t have a specific position or industry in mind right now – as long as I enjoy it and it provides enough resources to make my dream house possible, it’s a keeper..
When I’m not skiing, you can probably find me: in the library (not actually. I NEVER work in the library! I study in my room), working out, trying to find some relaxation time, and if you still haven’t found me, then I’m probably lost myself.
What’s the best thing about your hometown? The mountains are so close and the ski community is large. That (and the Calgary Stampede!) is the best thing about Calgary.
Name the most surprising thing in your suitcase when you’re on the road: For some reason, I pretty much always have a little hotel issued sewing kit. I think my logic is, “What about in case of an emergency?” But I don’t think I have used one on the road in a few years. I did attempt to sew together my ripped ski gloves in my Alberta Ski Team days…yikes.
Describe your favourite thing to eat or drink during race season: My favourite meal comes from Europe. It is some form of meat (can be any kind really, as long as it’s boiled), with brown sauce added to it. Simple, yet such a delicacy. That, or a good Weiner Schnitzel; a true toss-up.
If you could design your own World Cup spot anywhere in the world, where would it be? It would be great to have an a event in a large Canadian city. Create a slalom, hype it up, and do it really well. I think it would be a huge spectator hit!
Where is your favourite place to race or train? I love skiing in Colorado, USA. The weather, in general, is very nice and sunny. The snow is often incredible, and the slopes are just as good as anywhere.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Lightning speed running. As it is right now, I’m quite a bad runner. If I could run ultra-fast, not only could I race Usain Bolt, but MAYBE I would not always be running late for class.
If you could build your dream home anywhere in the world, where would it be? My dream home would be in a secluded area, so it would be somewhere I could escape to and relax. It would be situated in the mountains, so I could take advantage of the plethora of snow that falls in the winter. It would also be right next to the beach with open water leading away from the beach. This place would have definite seasons; the winter would be cool and snowy, and the summers would be warm and sunny. That sounds about right. Let me know if you find a place like this!
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen a teammate do while on the road? Honestly, when I think of humour in skiing, two names come to mind: Andy Trow and Cody Pedersen. My years spent with these two produced more hilarious moments than I can remember. Most days with these two were “rolling on the floor laughing” type of days.
Who is someone you admire in sport? I can’t name just one. There are so many people I learn from and admire: people on my team now, people I grew up with, and many others.
Finishes in the Top 30
27th - Giant Slalom - Val d'Isere, FRA (Dec. 2013)
30th - Giant Slalom - Beaver Creek, USA (Dec. 2013)
2014 Olympic Winter Games - Sochi Russia
25th - Giant Slalom
DNF - Slalom
Canadian champion - Giant slalom - Whistler, B.C. (2013)
Canadian champion – Slalom – Mont-Sainte-Anne, Que. (2012)
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
35th - Slalom - Schladming, AUT (Feb. 2013)
1st - Super combined - Nakiska, CAN (March 2014)
3rd - Giant Slalom - Nakiska, CAN (March 2014)
1st - Slalom - Panorama, B.C. (Dec. 2012)
1st - Slalom - Stowe, USA (March 2012)
3rd - Giant slalom - Stowe, USA (March 2012)
3rd - Giant slalom - Vail, USA (Feb. 2012)
2nd - Slalom - Vail, USA (Feb.2012)
1st - Super combined - Nakiska, Alta. (Dec. 2011)
World junior championships
Finishes in the top 10
4th - Slalom - Roccaraso, ITA (March 2012)
7th - Giant slalom - Roccaraso, ITA (March 2012)