| Date of Birth:
June 15, 1974
Place of Birth: Vernon, BC
Residence: North Vancouver, BC
Years on National Team:
Drew Neilson was exposed to snowboarding at the age of 13, when he saw the explosive opening sequence in the James Bond film, A View To A Kill. Since then, he has become one of the world's best competitors in Snowboardcross.
The youngest of four children, Neilson's competitive nature was established early on. He honed his powerful and smooth style in Vernon, BC where he first slapped on a pair of skis at just the tender age of three.
Neilson has achieved success at various levels of competition, including the FIS World Cup, X Games and Gravity Games.
The villain in the film version of Neilson's life story would likely be cast as American snowboarding legend Shaun Palmer, with whom he has struck an intense rivalry since blazing past Palmer to win gold in the Boarder X event at the 2000 X Games. They continue to clash throughout the 2005-2006 FIS World Cup season.
Neilson kicked off the 2005-06 FIS season with a win in Valle Nevado, Chile -- just two weeks following the birth of his son, Caleb. He also opened the New Year in style with a gold medal finish in Bad Gastein, Austria on January 4, 2006.
In what will be Neilson's (and snowboardcross') inaugural appearance at the Olympic Games, he will look to capitalize on that momentum and finish atop the podium in Turin 2006.
2006 Snowboarding Coverage