Mikayla Martin, 22, a member of the Canadian Ski Cross team, died tragically in a mountain biking accident near her home in Squamish, British Columbia this week.
According to the Squamish RCMP, Mikayla was seriously injured while riding with a partner on the Slhaney Trail system behind Stawamus Chief Provincial Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Squamish RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Sascha Banks said police were contacted at 5:15 p.m. for a “mountain-bike medical call.”
“Upon arrival to the staging location of the Stawamus (Elementary school), police met up with Squamish Fire Services and Squamish Search-and-Rescue and learned that a female and male were mountain biking in the Slhaney Trail system when the female was seriously injured in an incident on her bike,” Banks said.
Alpine Canada confirmed her death in a statement.
“We wish to express our most sincere condolences to Christine and James, Mikayla’s parents, as well as her entire family and circle of friends,” said Vania Grandi, President and CEO of Alpine Canada. “Mikayla embodied a love of skiing and passion for ski cross that were boundless and words can’t express how sorely she’ll be missed.”
Martin was a promising alpine ski racer out of the Whistler Mountain Ski Club who switched to ski cross in 2017. She raced on the World Cup circuit last winter, finishing a career-best sixth in Innichen, Switzerland.