Date of Birth:  December 15, 1970
 Place of Birth: Anchorage, Alaska
 Residence: Calgary, AB
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  6'3"
 Weight: 209 lbs.

Born in frigid Anchorage, Alaska in 1970, skeleton ace Jeff Pain now lives and trains in Calgary, where he works as landscape architect when he's not busy hurtling himself down luge courses at breakneck speed.

One of Canada's most distinguished winter athletes, Pain has enjoyed equal success at both the World Championships and on the World Cup circuit. He is a three-time world champion, including the reigning 2005 titleholder. And as the only athlete to finish in the Top-5 in all seven contested World Cup events during the 2004-05 season, he is also the reigning overall World Cup champion.

Although Pain is now enjoying his time on top, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering his consistent results since breaking onto the sliding scene back during the 1995-96 campaign. Since then, Pain has finished in the Top-10 of the World Cup standings every season except for 2003-04, when he was forced out of action by a nasty foot injury. Recuperating on the sidelines gave Pain the necessary time to reflect about what he really wanted. His zealous return to competition proves that what he was thinking about was winning.

During the 2005-06 season, Pain has stayed on track, winning three more gold medals to propel him to yet another overall World Cup title.

Now, after finishing a disappointing sixth at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002, the 11-year veteran is on his way to Turin in hot in pursuit of the medal that eluded him four years ago. In January of 2005, in his only race on the course that will be used for the Olympics, Pain came third.

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