Sochi,Russia.16/03/2014-(Photo:Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee)Alex Starker competes in her first Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, RUSSochi,Russia.16/03/2014-  Photo:Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee)Alex Starker in action during giant slalom at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, RUSPhoto by Bill MarshPara-alpine ski team member Alexandra Starker.Photo by Brianne LawAlexandra Starker in Winter Park, USA.Photo by Malcolm CarmichaelAlexandra Starker at the IPC World Cup finals in Panorama, B.C.Jan 14, 2014
Malcolm CarmichaelStarker competing in the Super-G in Panorama, BC

Alexandra Starker

Para-alpine

Starker raced five years in able-bodied racing and is a promising future podium contender. In her first full year on the team (2012-13), Starker ranked as the top female Canadian in para-alpine skiing by earning four podium finishes at IPC World Cups and the world championships. The Calgary, Alta., native studied at the National Sport School in Calgary and likes to read and create colourful works of art with her paintbrush. A congenital arm amputee, Starker is also a member of the Canadian sitting volleyball team.

 
  • Sochi,Russia.16/03/2014-(Photo:Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee)
  • Sochi,Russia.16/03/2014-  Photo:Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee)
  • Photo by Bill Marsh
  • Photo by Brianne Law
  • Photo by Malcolm Carmichael
  • Jan 14, 2014
Malcolm Carmichael
 
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Top Results

3rd – Giant slalom, slalom, super combined – IPC World Championships – La Molina, SPA (2013)
1st – Slalom – IPC World Cup – Coronet Peak, NZ (2013)
2011, 2013, 2014 Canadian slalom champion

IPC World Cup rankings:

(2012-13)
Overall: 7th
Slalom: 8th
Giant slalom: 5th

Birth date: 30/06/1994
Birth place:
Calgary, Alta.
Residence:
Calgary, Alta.
Hometown:
Calgary, Alta.
Ski club: Team Panorama, FAST
Made team: 2012
Sponsor: Aucun
Height: 5-1
Weight: 130 pounds
Skis: Head
Boots: Lange
Poles: Komperdell
Helmet: Uvex
Goggles: Uvex

Nickname: Starker, Sandbag

First memory of skiing? My first memory of skiing is from when I was 3 or 4 years old. I remember taking my first lessons at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary and thinking I was good enough to go in the “bone yard” which was the name of the terrain park at the time. After almost being landed on by a snowboarder who was hitting a jump, I quickly got out of there and kept practising on the flat part of the hill. 

Best moment in ski racing? My best moment in ski racing was winning my first IPC World Cup medal in Sestriere, Italy. After completing the race I was in shock and I kept thinking that they might have gotten the results wrong. When I was finally called up onto the podium it all set in. It was an amazing feeling to stand there with my country’s flag behind me.

Worst moment in ski racing? My worst moment in ski racing was breaking my leg in December 2008 while technical freeskiing. Even though it was hard to deal with it has pushed me to come back stronger.

What is your Paralympic dream? To attend the Paralympics and represent my country while taking in every moment and experience that goes with it.

What is the best thing about having the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia? Having the opportunity to visit and ski in Russia. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit and somewhere I’ve been interested in ever since Grade 9 Social Studies when we studied Russian history. Besides, how many Canadians can say they’ve skied in Russia?

If you could listen to one song before leaving the start gate, what would it be? “Alberta Bound” by Paul Brandt. I love the lyrics. “I’m Alberta bound / this piece of heaven that I’ve found /Rocky Mountains and black fertile ground / everything I need beneath that big blue sky / it doesn’t matter where I go, this place will always be my home / yeah I’ve been Alberta bound for all my life, and I’ll be Alberta bound until I die” 

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 grandparents because they’ve never seen one of my races. I feel like they would think it’s very cool and that they’d be proud of me.

Hidden talent? My ability to play the guitar. I am able to play using a prosthetic adapted for holding a pick with my left arm.

If you had just one day left to live, how would you spend it?  I would spend it with family and friends.

If you could own a business or be trained in any career other than ski racing, what would you choose? I’m not sure what I would do.

When I’m not skiing, you can probably find me: in the gym training, enjoying the outdoors, doing art or singing “Alberta Bound” in my car. 

What’s the best thing about your hometown? from the Peace Bridge, to Stampede, to Peter’s Drive-In, to the amazing sport programs in the city, Calgary is an amazing place.

What's the most surprising thing in your suitcase when you’re on the road? Probably the pair of flats I always bring with me. They’re great for hanging out in the hotel but they also double as a nice pair of shoes for when the team goes out for dinner or when we attend race banquets.

What's your favourite thing to eat or drink during race season? The different kinds of European bread. In some European countries it’s like an art form and all of it is so delicious.

If you could design your own World Cup spot anywhere in the world, where would it be? At Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alta. Now that they’ve increased the hill height I think it would be really cool to have a World Cup slalom night race. It would be easy for anyone to come and watch and having it in a city would be a great way to increase the fan base for the sport in Canada.

Where is your favourite place to race or train? Panorama, B.C. It’s where I grew up skiing and feel most at home on the hill.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I would love to be able to fly. Not only would I be able to skip the long lift lineups but I’d also be able to see amazing views.

If you could build your dream home anywhere in the world, where would it be? Somewhere on the water where I could enjoy a beautiful view and have enough space for a horse and a few other animals.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen a teammate do while on the road? That would be when Mike Whitney put wassabi on Mac Marcoux’s toothbrush. Mac proceeded to brush the wassabi into his teeth until he realized what Mike did. Mac’s brother, BJ Marcoux, got the whole thing on video and it’s one of the things we watch over and over as a team.

Who is someone you admire in sport? I admire Nancy Greene-Raine. Not only was she an amazing Canadian ski racer, but she continues to participate in sport programs long after her retirement from ski racing. Whenever we have Canadian nationals in Sun Peaks, B.C., Nancy Greene-Raine is there slipping, or timing, or gate judging, or awarding medals. I have pictures of her awarding some of my first ski racing medals to me.

 

Top-10 finishes
9th - Giant slalom - Copper, USA (Jan. 2014)
6th - Slalom - Copper, USA (Jan. 2014)
5th - Slalom - Copper, USA (Jan. 2014)
10th - Giant slalom - Copper, USA (Jan. 2014)
8th - Super-G - Panorama, CAN (Jan. 2014)
9th - Giant slalom - Panorama, CAN (Jan. 2014)
9th - Super combined - Panorama, CAN (Jan. 2014)
10th - Downhill - Panorama, CAN (Jan. 2014)
9th - Downhill - Panorama, CAN (Jan. 2014)
1st - Slalom - Coronet Peak, NZ (Aug. 2013)
4th - Super combined - Mt. Hutt, NZ (Aug. 2013)
4th - Super-G - Mt. Hutt, NZ (Aug. 2013)
3rd - Giant slalom - Sestriere, ITA (Jan. 2013)
4th - Giant slalom - Sestriere, ITA (Jan. 2013)
6th - Slalom - Sestriere, ITA (Jan. 2013)
4th - Slalom - Sestriere, ITA (Jan. 2013)
5th - Giant slalom - St. Moritz, SUI (Jan. 2013)
6th - Giant slalom - St. Moritz, SUI (Jan. 2013)
5th - Slalom - St. Moritz, SUI (Jan. 2013)
7th – Slalom – Panorama, B.C. (March 2012)
7th – Giant slalom – Winter Park, USA (March 2012)
6th – Giant slalom – Winter Park, USA (March 2012)
7th – Slalom – Winter Park, USA (March 2012)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Sochi, RUS
7th - Super-G
6th - Slalom
10th - Giant slalom 

2014 Canadian giant slalom champion
2014 Canadian slalom champion
2013 Canadian slalom champion
2011 Canadian slalom champion

IPC World Alpine Skiing Championships
3rd - Giant slalom -  La Molina, SPA (Feb. 2013)
3rd - Super combined -  La Molina, SPA (Feb. 2013)
3rd - Slalom -  La Molina, SPA (Feb. 2013)
7th - Super-G - La Molina, SPA (Feb. 2013)
7th - downhill - La Molina, SPA (Feb. 2013) 

Nor-Am Cup podiums
1st – Slalom – Copper Mountain, USA (Dec. 2012)
2nd – Super-G – Copper Mountain, USA (Dec. 2012)
1st – Super-G – Copper Mountain, USA (Dec. 2012)
1st – Downhill – Kimberley, B.C. (Feb. 2012)
1st – Downhill – Kimberley, B.C. (Feb. 2012)
1st – Super-G – Kimberley, B.C. (Feb. 2012)
1st – Super-G – Kimberley, B.C. (Feb. 2012)
1st – Giant slalom – Waterville Valley, USA (Jan. 2012)
1st – Giant slalom – Waterville Valley, USA (Jan. 2012)
1st – Slalom – Waterville Valley, USA (Jan. 2012)
2nd – Slalom – Waterville Valley, USA (Jan. 2012)
1st – Slalom – Copper Mountain, USA (Dec. 2011)
1st – Slalom – Copper Mountain, USA (Dec. 2011)
1st – Giant slalom – Copper Mountain, USA (Dec. 2011)
1st – Giant slalom – Copper Mountain, USA (Dec. 2011)