Chandra Crawford is a music-loving mountain girl born and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Canmore, Alberta. In 2005 she founded "Fast and Female," an organization dedicated to empowering girls in sports that reaches 3000 girls annually all over North America with the help of hundreds of athlete ambassadors.
In 2006 at the age of 22, Chandra won the Olympic Gold medal in cross-country skiing and captured many hearts when she belted out the national anthem from the top step of the podium. On the start line of the 1.1 km sprint race final, the announcer on CBC pointed out her big smile, saying “this young lady is having a blast and showing it.” She believes her passion for her sport and enjoyment constituted an advantage on that day. In her career she made 7 trips to the World Cup Podium, with two victories in 2008.
In March 2014 she retired from ski racing after three Olympics and 13 years of international ski racing with the Canadian National Team. She is working full time empowering girls with Fast and Female events across Canada after graduating from the University of Calgary executive MBA program in the spring of 2016.
Her main interests beyond Fast and Female consist of doing the following activities with friends and family: yoga, camping, dancing, reading, languages, eating seafood, concerts, and any kind of adventure in the mountains with her husband Jared, toddler Kyla, baby Bruce and their dog, Stella.
In Southern Canmore, born-and-raised, at the Nordic Center is where I spent most of my days. Skiing, music, and relaxin' all cool and doing French Immersion up in the school. When a couple of girls who were really good inspired me to ski fast outside my neighborhood. I won one trials race and it snowballed from there, "I'm at the Olympics, with a Canadian suit to wear." I belted out the anthem and the party came near, my teammates were fresh and had inspired me to here. If anything I could say this victory was rare, but I thought nah, forget it, yo home to... Canmore!
Club: Canmore Nordic Years on National Senior Team: 10 Years on National Junior Team: 2 Sponsors: Birch Hill Equity, Best Buy, Agnico-Eagle Mines, CANFund, Lululemon, Oakley