Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson

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Bobsleigh is not something you grow up doing. Each indiviual who partakes has a unique story.

This is my story.

 
 
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I grew up outside the small town of Hanley, Saskatchewan on a family owned and operated grain and cattle farm. 

I was involved in several sports throughout high school. I competed in figure skating from a toddler all the way through till I was 15, played for the Saskatoon Falcons Division II Bantam Fastball team, was the only female to play on the Hanley Sabers High School six-person football team and was part of the Riversdale athletics club in Saskatoon training and competing in sprints and pole vault. Beyond sports, I also attended piano and drum lessons for over 15 years.

I moved to Vancouver, BC in 2010 to pursue a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree after receiving the Presidents Entrance Scholarship. I ran one partial season with the UBC Thunderbirds and endured an ACL injury. I took some time off athletics to focus on my academics. After completing my degree in the Spring of 2014, I quickly set my sights on the world of Bobsleigh.

Why Bobsleigh?

Bobsleigh is not something you grow up doing, at least not in Saskatchewan! I was introduced to the unique sport of bobsleigh because of one chance encounter. In March 2014, I was in Whistler and decided to try bobsleighing with the Whistler Sliding Centre’s public sessions. Little did I know, Kaillie Humphries was going to be driving my sled! Riding in the sled with one of the best in the world, coupled with the adrenaline rush of sliding was enough to get me hooked. As soon as I got home I researched the history of the sport, discovered I had a perfect background to succeed in the sport, and immediately decided to start training.

 

 

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Results

 
 

2017/2018

Ranked 4th in canada

Ranked 4th overall on NAC circuit

Ranked 9th OVERALL JUNIOR IN THE WORLD

Ranked 29th overall in the world

Junor World Championships(St.Moritz) - 9th

Whistler NAC 1 - 1st

Whistler NAC 2 - 3rd

Calgary NAC 3 – 5th

Calgary NAC 2 -6th

Park City NAC 5 -11th

Park City NAC 6 – 11th

Lake Placid NAC 7 - 6th

Lake Placid NAC 8 – 6th

 

2016/2017

Ranked 3rd overall on NAC circuit

Ranked 23nd overall in the world

Lake Placid NAC 7 - 2nd 

Lake Placid NAC 8 – 4th

Park City NAC 5 -5th 

Park City NAC 6 – 5th

Whistler NAC 3 – 5th 

Whistler NAC 4 – 9th 

Whistler NAC 1 (4Man) – 14th 

First female pilot in history to race an all female 4person crew from the top of the Whistler Sliding Centre

Calgary NAC 1 – 10th

Calgary NAC 2 -10th

Whistler NAC 3 – 5th 

Whistler NAC 4 – 9th 

Whistler NAC 1 (4Man) – 14th 

BC Championships – 3nd (All Canadians)

BC Championships – 1st (BC Athletes)

Broke a top speed record during training of 150km/hr in a 2 person sled.

 

2015/2016

North America's Cup Race 4 (Whistler ,BC)  - 8th

BC Cup #1 (Whistler ,BC)  - 3rd  (Mixed race)

BC Cup #2 (Whistler ,BC)  - 3rd  (Mixed race)

ABA Cup 2 (Calgary, AB)  - 2nd Place female finish, 6th overall

Foreran IBSF BMW World Cup (WHISTLER,BC)

BC Cup #3 (Whistler ,BC)  - 3rd (Mixed race)

2nd Female athlete in history to take a 4man sled from the top of the Whistler Sliding Centre (the 1st was double gold Olympian Kaillie Humphries)

1st Female athlete in history to take an all female 4man crew from the top of the Whistler Sliding Centre

1st ever BC (and Sask) athlete in history to take a 4man sled from the top of the Whistler Sliding Centre

BC Cup #4 (Whistler ,BC)  - 1st (4MAN) 

North America's Cup Race 5 (Park City, UT)  - 9th 

North America's Cup Race 6 (Park City, UT)  - 9th 

North America's Cup Race 7 (Lake Placid, NY)  - 9th 

North America's Cup Race 8 (Lake Placid, NY)  - 10th

BC Championships – 2nd  (All Canadians)

BC Championships – 1st  (BC Athletes) 

Ranked 11th overall on NAC circuit

Ranked 32nd overall in the world 

2016 Canadian Sport Institute Travel Grant Award Winner

 

2014/2015

BC Championships – 2nd  (All Canadian)

BC Championships – 1st (BC Athletes) 

BC Cup #4 – 4th (Mixed international race)

 Nominated and selected to be a Canadian Sport Institute athlete (provincially carded)