Date of Birth:  January 11, 1977
 Place of Birth: Ottawa, ON
 Residence: Ottawa, ON
 Years on National Team:
 11
 Height:  5'11"
 Weight: 168 lbs.

After coming in fourth-place in a controversial aerial event at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, freestyle skier Jeff Bean comes to his third Olympics in Turin even hungrier for the medal that eluded him on his previous two trips -- he also finished 11th in 1998 at the Nagano Games. With his combination of toughness, skill and experience, it's doubtful he will be denied again.

Bean's legendary toughness was acquired at a very young age. On skis for the first time at the age of three, he broke his leg. And, while most kids would have quit on the spot, Bean never gave up. Instead, skiing -- particularly freestyle -- would soon become the focal point of his life.

The young Ottawa native first broke onto the World Cup scene during the 1995-96 season. He enjoyed success early in his career, winning a bronze in Tignes, France, in 1996, and his first gold medal a year later in Kirchberg, Austria.

In 1999, Bean would once again break his leg, this time in four places. Despite the setback, he was back jumping rather quickly. At the beginning of the 2004-05 campaign, Bean suffered the worst injury of his career, fracturing two vertebrae in a crash while training at Mt. Buller, Australia. Unwilling to shut down, Bean was back competing as soon as he was cleared by doctors and amazingly won a silver at the 2005 World Championships less than seven months after the accident.

During the 2005-06 season, Bean has added two more silver medals to his collection and now has 14 World Cup medals for his career.


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