Erin Latimer

Erin Latimer

 

Erin Latimer produced a breakthrough season in 2016-17, collecting six medals on the Para alpine World Cup circuit. They were her first international medals of her career. She launched the season with bronze medals in both giant slalom races at the opening World Cup in Kuhtai, Austria in December 2016.

A week later she added two more bronze medals at the second stop in St. Moritz, Switzerland and a third in the super combined at the third stop at Innerkrems, Austria in January 2017. Her best international result was a silver in the GS at the fourth stop in Slovenia just before the world championships in Tarvisio, Italy in January 2017. Latimer finished the World Cup season ranked third overall in both the GS and super combined.

Latimer has also competed at the last two world championships and two World Cup finals, registering top-eight finishes in every race she completed. She collected three top-10s at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at age 17.

Latimer was born with a congenital amputation of her right arm below the elbow. She started skiing at Craigleith Ski Club near Collingwood, Ontario at age two. Her sister and cousins were already out on the slopes and she was anxious to join them.

She advanced through the ski school and started ski racing in the Nancy Greene Development League at age seven. Since then, Latimer has been racing in the able-bodied program at Craigleith.

In 2012, she was introduced to para-alpine by Gwen Binsfeld, a coach on the Ontario Disabled Alpine Racing Team. Her first competition was in Huntsville at the Ontario ParaSport Winter Games in February 2012.

In 2013, Latimer won the gold medal in the standing giant slalom at the Para alpine Canadian Championship in B.C. Her medal was presented by Canadian skiing legend Nancy Greene. She added two Nor-Am titles with gold in slalom and giant slalom.

The 2013-14 season was her first traveling with the World Cup team and she enjoyed success at the opening stop on the circuit with two top-10 results. She capped the season competing at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

Latimer graduated from high school at the end of January 2014.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Sochi 2014 Paralympian… Won six medals on the 2016-17 World Cup circuit… Competed at 2015 and 2017 world championships…

PERSONAL

Grew up in skiing family… father races in Masters League… Started skiing at age two… Raced against able-bodied skiers growing up… Introduced to Para alpine in 2012.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2017 World Cup – giant slalom – 3rd overall

2017 World Cup – super combined – 3rd overall

2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships – downhill – 6th

2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships – Super G – 8th

2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships – giant slalom – 6th

2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships – slalom – 8th

2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships – downhill – 6th

2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships – combined – 7th

2014 Paralympic Winter Games – slalom - 8th

2014 Paralympic Winter Games – giant slalom – 9th

2014 Paralympic Winter Games – combined – 7th

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom - Standing - Women 9
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Slalom - Standing - Women 8
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Super Combined - Standing - Women 7