Declan Smiling
perfect turn
big Rock slalom
Declan applying his shin guards to the gate

In 2019 I was named to the Canadian Alpine Ski Team ahead of my U21 cohort.  That was before an ACL injury (now completely healed) and the pandemic hiatus. This past season I re-emerged as one of the best two discipline skiers in North America – an NCAA skier who was essentially self-coached, trained, managed, and financed, and skied on 3-year old equipment.

When I won my first NorAm slalom race at Mont-Tremblant a year ago (scoring 15.00 points), I was the only athlete in the top 10 who was not on his national team. In a deep field full of World Cup skiers, I was bib #27, winning the first run, and was 4th fastest in the second run after the flip. This was a breakout performance after a year of injury recovery and a back-to-snow season in the NCAA. This season, I joined the Canadian Alpine Ski Team for two weeks in Europe in January 2024 to train and race in 2 European Cup races. I returned to the US and won 8 races in February 2024 (all around minimum FIS points), with the win in the NorAm Slalom race at Mont Ste-Marie scoring 16.26 points.

Goals

My goal is to break into the top 25 on the World Cup start list. This ambition drives my training and competition efforts, and I am committed to doing whatever it takes to reach this milestone. Most people have dreams that are actually just a fairy-tale – This is very much achievable for me, provided I have the financial and other support required.

Upcoming Season Plans

For the upcoming season, I will train with the World Racing Academy, participating in a full Europa Cup season. Additionally, I aim to seize any World Cup opportunities, gaining invaluable experience and competing at the highest level.

Your support will be essential and greatly appreciated.

Declan

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