Winter Games Athletes
Dorey makes his Olympic debut in Sochi and will be another of Canada's strong medal contenders in the ski halfpipe along with Mike Riddle. Dorey, who won the AFP world championship in 2011 and the Dew Cup the next year, says he was originally interested in snowboarding before watching films of freestyle skiers turned his interest in that direction. He was a bit late to the game compared to some of his teammates, only taking up skiing full-time once he was finished with high school. Dorey proved a quick learner, though, earning three podiums in NorAm Cup competitions early in his career, including a pair of victories. He has had to overcome a few injuries to get to his first Olympics, most notably when he crashed at the 2012 X Games in Aspen during the men's halfpipe final. Trying to land a double cork 1080, he slammed into the rail before falling to the bottom of the pipe. Remarkably, he walked away from the fall with only a dislocated shoulder. His best finish at the X Games was a silver medal in 2010 in the Superpipe. Dorey was second at the world championships in 2009 and earned his first World Cup victory in early January.