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Mollie Jepsen

Alpine Skiing
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At age 18, Mollie Jepsen is a breakout star in the international alpine skiing scene.

The Canadian standing skier medalled in four of her five events at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, including gold in the super combined, plus silver in slalom and two bronze in giant slalom and downhill.

As a result, the Canadian Paralympic Committee named her ‘Best Female Athlete’ of 2018.

“I was thrilled to represent Canada at the Games and compete alongside so many amazing athletes. I will never forget listening to the Canadian anthem on the podium with a gold medal around my neck,” she said.

Jepsen always loved skiing and being in the mountains, with her family having a place in Whistler, Canada. "It just kind of became our life, being at Whistler."

She also practised gymnastics and was into equestrian events, before being influenced by the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

Jepsen’s career as a skier has had multiple setbacks, though, before achieving glory. In 2011, she broke her left hand.

She also tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee on two occasions. The first one was at age 13 and the second at 15 at an event in Austria in October 2015. In 2017, Jepsen suffered a broken ankle and could only resume training six months after. She was also diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in late 2018.

Jepsen was born missing fingers on her left hand but has part of her thumb and small finger.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW6/8-2

Further personal information

Residence
Whistler, BC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age two.
Why this sport?
She always loved skiing and being in the mountains, her family having a place in Whistler, BC, Canada. "It just kind of became our life, being at Whistler." She also practised gymnastics and was into equestrian events, before being influenced by the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Club / Team
Whistler Mountain Ski Club: Canada
Name of coach
Jean-Sebastien Labrie [national], CAN

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 31 Oct 2018)
Injuries
In September 2018 she was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel illness. She spent six weeks going in and out of hospital. (paralympic.org, 07 Jan 2019)

She suffered a broken ankle in February 2017. She resumed training in August 2017. (piquenewsmagazine.com, 23 Feb 2017; cjnews.com, 13 Apr 2018)

She torn the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in her knee on two occasions. The first one was at age 13 during a training run in Whistler, BC, Canada. The second was at age 15 at an event in Austria in October 2015. She underwent surgery in December 2015 and returned to competition in September 2016. (NPC Media Guide, 2018; cjnews.com, 13 Apr 2018; games.paralympic.ca, 25 May 2018)

She broke her left hand in 2011. (Athlete, 20 Apr 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I just want people to treat me as a normal person. I am just one of them and there is no difference." (Athlete, 20 Apr 2011)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she was the recipient of the Best Female Athlete award from the Canadian Paralympic Committee. (paralympic.org, 31 Oct 2018)

She was named the Female Para Alpine Skiing Athlete of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Ski Racing Awards. (alpinecanada.org, 01 Nov 2018)

In 2017 she received a Rising Strong Award from Whistler Mountain Ski Club in British Columbia, Canada. (wmsc.info, 17 May 2017)
Other sports
She has competed in able-bodied alpine skiing. (NPC Media Guide, 2018)
Impairment
She was born missing fingers on her left hand, but has part of her thumb and small finger. (Athlete, 20 Apr 2011)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has been named athlete ambassador for the Canadian Paralympic Committee's Paralympian Search programme in Victoria, BC, Canada. (games.paralympic.ca, 25 May 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Final 2018-03-10 3
Women's Super-G Standing Final 2018-03-11 4
Women's Super Combined Standing Final 2018-03-13 1
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 3
Women's Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-18 2