A young speed skier from Whistler, B.C., Pridy enjoyed a breakthrough 2012-13 season as he claimed six Nor-Am Cup podiums and won the super-G and super combined titles. The former B.C. Ski Team member comes from a skiing family.
16th - Super G - World Cup - Beaver Creek, USA (2014)
1st (x2) – Super G – Nor-Am Cup – Nakiska, CAN (2013)
1st – Super combined – Nor-Am Cup – Nakiska, CAN (2013)
3rd – Downhill – U.S. National Championships – Aspen, USA (2012)
World Cup rankings
Birth date: 09/10/1990
Birth place: Vancouver, B.C.
Residence: Whistler, B.C.
Hometown: Whistler, B.C.
Ski club: Whistler Mountain Ski Club
Made team: 2011
Weight: 174 pounds
Nicknames: Jimmy, Conrad.
First memory of skiing: I used to have a ski instructor named Bernard, and he would always have these little Australian licorice candies with him. They would be the prize for whoever won at the 12-gate race course under the green chair on Whistler. It was fully timed and of course he would always have the fastest time by miles. Back then I wondered how it was possible to ever go that fast. But don’t worry; if I remember correctly, we ended up getting candy anyways.
Best moment in ski racing: For me it really comes down to having a successful day. Any day I am able to win or achieve a goal it gives me a feeling I cannot duplicate anywhere else in life, and those are the best moments of ski racing for me.
Worst moment in ski racing: It’s a long story and more of a worst series of events. I was 18 years old, racing Nor-Am finals in Lake Placid. I had a horrible super-G race and was boatloads of time behind. I moseyed on sadly to the chairlift, which was a creaky old double chair that swung a lot when you loaded. As I was going through the line, a girl’s voice behind me asked if I was single. I looked back and there was a very pretty member of the US Ski Team. Thinking my day was maybe looking up, I go to get on the chair with her. The chair swung forward and then back, and on the backswing my tips caught the snow and I plowed off the chair onto the ground. When they got the lift running again I didn’t have much to say. At the top, I gathered my equipment, put my skis on my shoulder and started to ski away. A few turns in I see the same girl on the chairlift again. Thinking I could lay down some sic arcs to save face, I get shredding and go to put it over when I hit a massive mogul and went down. Hard. My skis went flying off my shoulder but I managed to soften my fall by landing mostly on my head. I got up a little woozy and decided maybe this girl wasn’t for me. It was a bad day to cap off a bad week.
What is your Olympic dream? First and foremost it’s to make it to the Games and give my best for Canada, many times. When I was younger I wanted to be a 19-year-old phenom and crush it at home in at the 2010 Vancouver Games, but back then I hadn’t grasped what it would take to be an Olympic skier. Those games came and went, but the experience of testing the tracks, forerunning, and watching our boys compete left me with an even stronger desire to get there myself.
What is the best thing about having the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia? It`s one of those places that I just don’t think I would ever visit otherwise, and seeing as Russia is HUGE, I feel like without the Olympics I would never end up in that spot.
If you could listen to one song before leaving the start gate, what would it be? The books on tape versions of Harry Potter…
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 my mother and father, and David Attenborough to commentate my run. Well, actually, just to do a running commentary of my entire day.
Hidden talent: I can do a solid card trick or two. My skills usually pick up during the winter when I have time to practise on travel days.
If you had just one day left to live, how would you spend it? I would spend my last day trying to squeeze in all of the things I haven’t been able to or haven’t gotten around to thus far in my life. Some of which may be illegal or dare-defying or just silly, but come the end of the day I’d like to get together with my family and friends and have a celebration. Nothing but happy faces.
If you could own a business or be trained in any career other than ski racing, what would you choose? I think this is sort of a classic skier answer, but I couldn’t picture myself sitting behind a desk and being happy about it. I would like to own an adventure tourism business and also be a guide for it. I would be able to show people new and exciting things, teach them new skills and provide what would be a rare experience for the average Joe.
When I’m not skiing, you can probably find me: outside, sleeping (but not outside), hitting tennis balls or somewhere else, obviously.
What’s the best thing about your hometown? Its home. It’s the place I grew up and that alone makes it special. It also is very outdoorsy and has essentially everything I enjoy doing.
Name the most surprising thing in your suitcase when you’re on the road: A ping-pong paddle and Snuggle dryer sheets. I don’t have the paddle because I’m good at table tennis; it just sort of got in there and never left. I’m always down to play a game, though. The dryer sheets smell really nice and it can’t hurt to give my luggage a helping hand.
Describe your favourite thing to eat or drink during race season: Apple strudel somewhere in Austria, with lots of whipped cream on top. It’s not exciting really, but I always find myself hoping for it whenever dessert is served.
If you could design your own World Cup spot anywhere in the world, where would it be? I think I would design a downhill in Revelstoke, B.C.. I know the climate isn’t exactly perfect but since we’re dreaming here that probably doesn’t matter. The reason I chose Revy is that it’s in Canada, and I think Canada needs a few more races. Also, the mountain has a lot of pitch and some great places to make cool features.
Where is your favourite place to race or train? I really enjoy racing in Val D’isere, France. The town is incredible and I always wish I could stay an extra week to ski and enjoy. The places where we stay have a very mountain cabin feel to them and I like that.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I wouldn’t mind being able to teleport myself. It would make travel a heck of a lot easier and I could go to all the places I’ve ever wanted to with a snap of my fingers.
If you could build your dream home anywhere in the world, where would it be? It's a toss-up for me: either an A-frame in Creekside, Whistler, that’s rustic on the outside but very modern and funky on the inside. Or a cabin on the beach with warm water and a beach break to surf on. Oh, and two palm trees for my hammock, of course.
Who is someone you admire in sport? I admire Roger Federer, but the early Roger when he was making his way to number-one. I think the self-belief and mental toughness he displays is something very important in all sports. I also admire the way he competed fiercely and passionately in all his matches – traits that I try to take into my racing.