Brodie Summers joined the Team Buller Riders (TBR) club program as a teenager, blending natural talent with hard work and dedication to progress quickly through the Australian athlete pathway and his first Olympic Winter Games in Sochi 2014.
This past season - 2016/17 - has been a watershed year in which Summers climbed onto the World Cup podium in February for the first time at Deer Valley, winning Bronze and then going one better in Taiwoo, China six weeks later with a silver medal.
The two podium finishes placed Summers in eighth place on the overall world rankings leader board for 2016/17, which was a very welcome return to form after having to sit out the 2014/15 season with a back injury.
Summers first full-time year on the World Cup circuit was in 2013/14 when he secured his place on the 2014 Australian Olympic Team by producing two strong World Cup results just prior to the Sochi Games. Summers qualified best of the three Australians for Final 1, but then missed out on a spot in Final 2 by 0.1 of a point. Needing a top-12 finish to progress, Summers finished his Olympic campaign 13th.
Summers has competed in 26 World Cup events, placed 11th in the 2017 World Championships and 9th in the Duals Mogul World Ski Championships in 2013.
Q & A
Proudest moment: Representing Australia at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Best sporting memory from 2016/17 season: My first two podiums were unforgettable – 2nd in China and 3rd in Deer Valley; but my best sporting memory of the season would have to be a training dual that I had with teammate, Matt Graham on the night between the singles and duals events in Deer Valley. That was the most fun I had in a mogul course all season long …possibly ever!
I began my sport in 2006 because: I was completely and utterly inspired after watching Dale Begg-Smith claim the gold medal at the Torino Olympics with so much class.
When I’m not training or competing I am:
I enjoy my sport because: It has the thrill of an adrenaline sport like downhill mountain biking and the precision of a discipline such as ice skating. Combining those two elements make it incredibly challenging to master and I think that is what keeps me coming back for more every day and every season. That and the fact that the people on the world cup tour are generally a bunch of legends!
Education: Junior school – Brighton Grammar
Senior school – St Michael’s Grammar
University – Bachelor of Business (in Banking and Finance) Monash University.
Favourite international competition: It’s hard to go past Deer Valley because the crowds are SO BIG and the course is one of the best in the world. Super challenging to ski, which makes it so rewarding when you get it right!
Favourite food: If I had to choose only one food to eat for the rest of my life it would probably be cereal. My teammates are constantly telling me that I eat too much cereal.
Favourite music: It varies… I’m generally pretty happy listening to anything as long as it’s not metal. There’s a right music genre for every mood or situation.
Favourite other sport to watch or play: Cycling is the sport that I pay most attention to outside of skiing. I love to ride bikes and I’m simply in awe of the pros who are killing it at the top of their game on the world tour.
Favourite sporting team: My team! I consider myself extremely lucky to have teammates who are such great people and who I get along with so well.
My hero is: When I was starting out Dale Begg-Smith was certainly the man who I looked up to the most. In fact, I even found some old newspaper articles the other day that I had cut out and stored back when he won his Olympic gold medal in Torino in 2006. Whilst Dale is still certainly a major influence in my skiing and the person who’s technique I strive to emulate the most, these days I find inspiration all around me. From competitors on the world cup tour to my teammates day in and day out on the hill, in the gym or wherever else our travels take us.
Sponsors: Oakley, ID One Skis, Dalbello
Childhood ambition: To be the best at whatever I set my sights on.
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