| Date of Birth:
October 21, 1982
Place of Birth: Montreal, QC
Residence: Mont-Tremblant, QC
Years on National Team:
Weight: 190 lbs.
Canadian alpine skier Ryan Semple first began skiing at the age of two. He was racing by the time he was seven, and was part of the national programme by 18. Although a member of the team since 2000, Semple was slow to develop initially.
Heading into the 2005-06 World Cup season, Semple had just three Top-30 results, each coming during the previous 2004-05 campaign. One of the reasons for Semple's limited success in World Cup events has been the decision to race him primarily on the Nor-Am Cup circuit, where he did perform well last season. At the conclusion of the year, he was the Nor-Am Cup's top giant slalom skier and fourth-ranked overall skier.
Midway through the 2005-06 World Cup season, Semple has scored a couple of solid results, finishing 26th in a giant slalom stop at Kranjska Gora in Slovakia and a 21st in a combined event on the legendary Lauberhorn course in Wengen, Switzerland.
Called "Semp-Dogg" by his teammates, Semple comes to Turin hoping for a solid showing. And although he hasn't accumulated as many strong results to date as some of his higher profile teammates, it should not be forgotten that Semple is just 23 in a sport dominated by Europeans, who often didn't begin to hit their best results until their mid- to late twenties.
2006 Alpineskiing Coverage