Born and raised in Canmore, Alta., Chandra was consistently presented with opportunities to take ski and hiking trips in the mountains. Her competitive spirit started early with competitions in running, swimming, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and biathlon. She raced biathlon for five years, but wanted to switch into cross-country skiing full-time at age 16 without moving from her home club. When the trials for the World Junior Cross-Country Ski Championships were hosted in her hometown, a surprise result became her ticket to the world of cross-country. Following the World Juniors that year in Europe, Chandra made the Canadian Junior Team the following season, and went on to wear Canada’s colours at two more World Junior Championships before taking on the world’s best in the senior ranks.skiing. Chandra has committed to pursuing excellence in skiing since she won the sprint event at those trials in 2001.
Leveraging her 2006 Olympic victory, Chandra created Fast and Female – an organization dedicated to “Empowerment Through Sport” – which strives to get girls hooked on living an athletic lifestyle. Chandra plans to advance the Fast and Female brand, and work on programs that will get kids more active time built into their school days, in an effort to continue to emphasize the value of sport in our society. When not skiing, Chandra enjoys photography, swimming in the river, and getting out in the mountains. Although almost all of her energy is focused on competing at the elite level in her sport, she always finds time to connect with the kids coming up in skiing, and volunteers with her local club as much as she can.
For Chandra’s full bio visit: http://www.cccski.com/National-Ski-Team/Athlete-Information/Senior-World-Cup-Team/Chandra-Crawford.aspx