Dara Howell is an accomplished ski slopestyle athlete, Olympic gold medalist three-time X Games medalist and Always #LikeAGirl Ambassador. At age 19, she became the first Winter Olympic gold medalist during Ski Slopestyle’s Olympic debut in Sochi. Like so many Canadians, winter fun was part of the Howell Family’s everyday life. While still in high school, Dara was the youngest female competitor at the 2012 X Games Aspen at age 17, where she finished sixth later that same year earned a bronze medal at X Games in Tignes, France.
As she looks towards the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Games in 2018, Dara is in the best shape of her life both mentally and physically. She has learned to deal with the highs and lows of winning Olympic gold after achieving the pinnacle honour at such a young age, and is excited for these challenges as she takes a step closer to her Olympic dream for second time.
Dara encourages other girls in sport through Dara’s Fund, a Donor-Advised Endowment Fund managed through the Muskoka Community Foundation. Dara’s Fund provides resources and opportunities for Muskoka’s female athletes in any sport to pursue their dreams of competing at the next level. The money can be used for coaching fees, team fees, travel expenses or equipment.