Spence’s story is one of great perseverance, having fought back from a career-threatening injury suffered in a crash just before the 2006 Olympics. The Calgary, Alta., native, a graduate of the city's National Sports School, enjoyed early success as a speed skier before becoming a slalom specialist. In 2012, Spence made headlines throughout Europe and North America when he helped make an eight-year-old fan’s dream of becoming his headgear sponsor come true at a World Cup race in Wengen, Switzerland. Spence grew up on a ranch near Calgary and is proud of his Western roots. When he's not ski racing, he enjoys boating, fishing and horseback riding.
Canadian champion - Giant slalom (2010)
12th – Slalom – FIS World Cup – Kitzbuhel, Austria (2010)
4th – Super-G – FIS Junior World Ski Championships (2004)
|Ski club:||NATC / Panorama Ski Club|
|Sponsor:||EllisDon, Kidco, McElhanney, Crescent Point Energy Corp.|
Nicknames: Brad or Spence.
Best moment in ski racing: Finishing in 12th at Kitzbühel, Austria, in 2010. Not only was it my first time racing in Kitzbuhel in front of the massive crowd, it was also the second result I needed to qualify for the 2010 Olympic Games.
Worst moment in ski racing: Crashing in the downhill in Bormio, Italy, in 2005, when I broke my leg.
One thing you would change about ski racing? I would love to figure out how to make ski racing a popular spectator sport in North America.
Best World Cup stop: Wengen, Switzerland. The race hill is one of my favourites and it is also has one of the best atmospheres on the circuit.
Person you look up to most in ski racing: Thomas Grandi. He was always my idol growing up, not only because of his results on the ski hill, but also because of his approach and attitude towards skiing.
On your iPod: Wintersleep, Kings of Leon, The xx, Phoenix, Smalltown DJs, Hey Rosetta!
Favourite movie: Inception. I can watch it over and over and still not know what happened.
Hockey team: Calgary Flames. Born and raised in Calgary, it would be a sin to cheer for anyone else.
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? Vespasian, to understand how the Colosseum in Rome was built with the knowledge of the time.
Favourite activities other than skiing: Hockey, boating, fishing and horseback riding.
Superstitions: If I train well the day before a race, I use the same long underwear and ski socks for the race.
What’s a talent you wish you had? To be able to speak languages other than English.
If you weren’t a skier what would you be? I've always loved architecture, so maybe I would have been an architect.
Funniest thing you’ve seen in ski racing: The police escort we had from the aiport in Sofia, Bulgaria, on our way to the race in Bansko.
Most embarrassing moment: When asked by a five-year-old what it's like to ski as fast as I do, I replied, "Next time your mommy or daddy is driving down the highway, roll down the window and stick your head out. That will give you a good sense of how fast it feels"... Totally should have thought that one through before I opened my mouth!
Describe yourself in three words: Witty, dedicated, competitive.
Finishes in the top 20
17th – Slalom – Bansko, BUL (Feb. 2012)
17th – Slalom – Schladming, AUT (Jan. 2012)
14th – Slalom – Kitzbuehel, AUT (Jan. 2012)
17th – Slalom – Adelboden, SUI (Jan. 2012)
15th – Slalom – Beaver Creek, USA (Dec. 2011)
14th – Slalom – Kitzbuehel, AUT (Jan. 2011)
13th – Slalom – Wengen, SUI (Jan. 2011)
17th – Slalom – Adelboden, SUI (Jan. 2011)
16th – Slalom – Levi, FIN (Nov. 2010)
18th – Slalom – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER (March 2010)
12th – Slalom – Kitzbuehel, AUT (Jan. 2010)
19th – Slalom – Wengen, SUI (Jan. 2010)
12th – Slalom – Alta Badia, ITA (Dec. 2009)
13th – Slalom – Kranjska Gora, SLO (March 2009)
2010 Olympic Winter Games – Vancouver, B.C.
42nd – Giant slalom
Canadian champion – Giant slalom – Nakiska, Alta. (March 2010)
FIS World Ski Championships
38th – Slalom – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER (Feb. 2011)
Slalom men’s champion (2009)
Giant slalom men’s champion (2009)