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.
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Sport specific information
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 has 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)
In 2018 she was the recipient of the Best Female Athlete award from the Canadian Paralympic Committee. (paralympic.org, 31 Oct 2018)
In 2017 she received a Rising Strong Award from Whistler Mountain Ski Club in British Columbia, Canada. (wmsc.info, 17 May 2017)
Over a year after her September 2018 diagnosis with Crohn's disease she felt confident about managing the condition. "It runs in my family. It wasn't a huge shock, but it's definitely been something I've been dealing with for a very long time so the diagnosis was very positive for me, knowing what was up and knowing how to control it now. Over the last year, I focused on getting control of my stress levels, getting control of my overall nervousness on race day. I had a very different kind of approach than I'd had in previous years. I was pretty antsy and could isolate myself from everyone. It's not really affecting me anymore. This is where the stress stuff came into play, because stress levels can have big implications on diseases like Crohn's disease. I'm not really struggling with any symptoms on a day-to-day basis. I do yoga and meditation and I'm doing pretty well." (squamishchief.com, 16 Jan 2020; paralympic.org, 07 Jan 2019)
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)
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|Women's Super-G Standing||Final||2018-03-11||4|
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