Brooke Voigt joins Canada's Olympic snowboarding team for Beijing 2022

Brooke Voigt competes in the Snowboard Ladies' Slopestyle Final on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 12, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Clive Rose/Getty Images

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Fort McMurray snowboarder Brooke Voigt will once again represent Canada at the Beijing 2022 Olympics in February. Voigt is one of 19 snowboarders named to Team Canada’s winter games’ roster on Wednesday.

Voigt will compete in slopestyle and big air. In a Thursday morning interview, Voigt said the qualification process gave her a good sense of where she stood in the lead-up to the Olympics.

“It feels really good to have the official word that I will be going, but I had an inkling that I would be for the last few weeks, which has been really a big relief,” she said. “I’m really excited.”

The Beijing Winter Olympics start Feb. 2 and continue until Feb. 20. The first snowboarding event, Women’s Slopestyle Qualification, is on Feb. 4.

Voigt is a well decorated snowboarder who began snowboarding at 9 and started competing at 12. She won her first medal at 16 when she took home silver during her first World Cup slopestyle event in Calgary in 2010.

She recently won bronze at the 2020 X Games in Norway. The 2019-20 season included a big air silver at the World Cup in Modena, Italy, a big air bronze in Atlanta and a slopestyle bronze in Seiser Alm, Italy. She went on to be ranked second in the big air World Cup standings and third overall in the slopestyle World Cup standings.

Her Olympic debut was at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, where she was ranked 17th. Voigt said the Winter Olympics are early in the snowboarding season and resorts have limited snow to build features for practice.

“I noticed the last time around that that added a lot of extra stress, because you don’t necessarily feel as prepared as you would like to for such a big event,” she said.

“We haven’t done as much snowboarding as I would like to considering we’re heading to the Olympics… that’s just the reality of when they hold the games and I learned that last time around. It’s not a comfortable feeling, but it’s something that we have to work with.”

Brooke Voigt of Fort McMurray, Alta. is assisted with her team jacket by Chef De Mission Isabelle Charest as Canada’s slopestyle and big air snowboard team is announced during a news conference in Whistler, B.C., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Voigt is in the middle of a training camp in Whistler, B.C. The team has created jumps and mock features similar to what they are expecting to see in Beijing. There have been some good days, but heavy snowfall and fog has interrupted some training days.

Voigt hopes snowboarding events in Beijing will be better than what athletes faced four years ago in PyeongChang. Bad weather delayed some events, but Voigt said the slopestyle event she competed in should have been one of them.

“It was dangerous and it was windy and there was just lack of preparation as far as having enough judges to judge both halfpipe and slopestyle. If they postponed our event, then the judges wouldn’t be able to judge the halfpipe event because it was the same panel,” she said. “So we ran in really bad conditions because there weren’t enough staff.”

Since 2018, Voigt said Fédération internationale de ski and the International Olympic Committee have been accommodating towards the concerns of snowboarders.

“It was definitely a lesson learned and they listen to us a lot more when it comes to how we feel about our safety and stuff when we’re riding based on weather and all that stuff,” she said. “Everything’s been a lot better since that, but it’s just unfortunate that that’s what it took.”