Tell us about you! Why and how did you get into your sport? My name is Evan Bichon, I was born in small town Mackenzie, BC where I spent my childhood, later attending high-school in Prince George BC. Shortly after high-school I moved to North Vancouver BC where I currently live and train full time while traveling for Snowboard Cross competitions representing Canada.
I started snowboarding when I was five years old, my dad taught my sister and I on our local hill in Mackenzie. Later my mom helped start a local snowboard club, bringing entry level competitions to northern BC. Working and developing with the coach in that local club, I raced my first Snowboard Cross race at 12 years old solidifying my love for racing and kick starting what is now a career competing on the world stage of Snowboard Cross.
What's a fun fact about you? When I am not Snowboarding I spend my time outdoors as much as possible with a mix of hiking, skateboarding and spending time at the beach. I enjoy camping and having fires with good friends as well as cliff jumping when I get the chance to keep things exciting! What are your goals and aspirations? My goal is to represent Canada at the Winter Olympics, I am currently working towards the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing! Aside from my Olympic aspirations I aim to continue progressing my results in the world standings as well as share memories, experiences and my love of snowboarding with like-minded people along the way! What has been your biggest challenge throughout your career? How did you overcome it? The biggest challenge throughout my career has been traveling. With most of the competition season and training camps being out of country, travel is a huge part of my career in snowboarding. The cost of traveling adds up quickly and it can be a difficult to make it to all the competitions each year. Between working in the off season and having some amazing supporters I have been able to continue to overcome the cost of travel as an individual athlete. I will continue to work hard and do everything possible to make each season the best one yet! Injury is a part of life and sport - how did you deal with yours? About 4 years ago I broke my back, at first I was worried it would put my sports career in jeopardy but after working with some amazing individuals during my recovery and putting in endless hours of work towards recovering that changed! We created a new way of training in the gym tailored to me and I became both a stronger athlete and a stronger person because of the injury, later going on to get some of the best results of my athletic career to date. What gets you the most excited about Stoko? Stoko is changing the game creating multi use innovations like the K1 to help existing knee injuries as well as being a product that acts as functional support bringing down the probability of knee injuries before they happen. I’m sure this is just the start of Stoko and I am excited to be a part of what the future holds!
Do you have any pre-competition rituals? Coffee is my ritual drink in the morning before I start my 20 minute warm up routine. I don’t have any particular pre competition songs but I listen to high tempo music like Paranoid by Black Sabbath. I always pick my most comfortable socks for competition day!
Favourite snack before/after a sweat session? Before a sweat session my go to is oatmeal with frozen mixed berries. After a sweat session my favourite snack is a breakfast burrito with a splash of hot sauce!
Career Highlights: • 2018/19 - 3rd Craigleith Continental Cup • 2018/19 - 6th Snowboardcross Junior World Championships • 2017/18 - 2nd National Junior Championships Big White, BC • 2017/18 - 2nd Nor-Am Cup Sugarloaf, USA
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