A young ski-cross star with a promising future as a racer died on Tuesday following a mountain biking accident near her home in Squamish, BC. Mikayla Martin, a member of the Canadian Ski-Cross Team, was 22, reports CBC.
“We wish to express our most sincere condolences to Christine and James, Mikayla’s parents, as well as her entire family and circle of friends,” said Vania Grandi, president, and CEO of Alpine Canada. “Mikayla embodied a love of skiing and passion for ski-cross that were boundless, and words can’t express how sorely she’ll be missed.”
According to an emailed statement from Squamish RCMP, the incident occurred in the early evening as Martin and a partner were riding along the Slhaney Trail system behind Stawamus Chief Provincial Park. After locating the pair, Squamish Search and Rescue tried to save Martin but unfortunately were unsuccessful.
“The death of Mikayla is a huge loss for the community of Squamish and an immense loss for her family and friends, and our thoughts are with them,” said Sgt. Sascha Banks.
The RCMP is investigating the accident.
A lifetime skier, Martin grew up racing alpine with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club before moving on to competitive ski-cross in 2017, quickly making a name for herself, joining the national team the same year. In 2018, Martin became the FIS Junior World Champion in Cardrona, New Zealand. She placed sixth, a personal best, at the 2018 FIS World Cup in Innichen, Italy.
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