A young ski-cross star with a promising future as a racer died following a mountain biking accident near her home in Squamish, B.C., Tuesday.
Mikayla Martin, a member of the Canadian Ski-Cross Team, was 22.
“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.”
Martin grew up racing alpine, but switched to ski-cross after the 2016-17 season. She immediately cracked the national team and won the FIS Junior World Championship in Cardrona, New Zealand the following summer.
Martin also achieved a pair of top-10 results on the FIS World Cup circuit in 2018-19, including a sixth-place finish in Innichen, Switzerland. She qualified for the FIS World Ski Championships in Utah, where she sustained a season-ending injury in the small final.