Name: Tristan Walker
Hometown: Cochrane, AB
Favourite Sports Memory: Walking into the stadium at the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
How you got involved in your sport: A luge recruitment camp at Canada Olympic Park
The moment you knew you wanted to represent Canada: The moment I knew I wanted to represent Canada was when I was first given a team jacket. I realized the maple leaf on the jacket meant I was not just sliding for me anymore but for all of Canada.
Favourite Quote: “Thousandths matter.”
CAN Fund Testimonial: CAN Fund allows me to focus 100% on finding the thousandths of a second that could be the difference between being on the podium or being 4th.
-2013 World Championships Team Relay, Silver
-2013 World Championships Doubles, 4th
Share one valuable tool that you use on a daily basis that helps you to be the best athlete you can be: In Luge we race for thousandths of a second and I use that to push myself. From dry-land training to the food that I eat to preparing my equipment, I need to know if I end up 0.001 seconds away from a gold medal that I have done absolutely everything I could have done.
Who is one person in your life that has impacted your career and what was it that they taught you: My Mom likes to remind me when I’m not happy with lines or frustrated with run times why I started sliding in the first place. Because it’s fun, because it’s the one thing I like doing most in the world, because I love going fast.
Fun Facts: I play guitar and I just learned to juggle. I don’t have any superstitions… that’s bad luck