Meryeta O’dine on the Podium


Eliot Nadeau Filteau


A Canadian woman won third place with her teammate in the first snowboard cross mixed team competition in the Beijing Olympics.


It was the first Olympics with snowboard cross mixed teams.  First, four men started the race, as a result of the women’s starts by the times his teammate’s time. O’dine was finishing one of the jumps when the Italiane Carpano landed one on her resulting in a crash. That made her lose maybe the gold or the silver medals, yet she got up and finished the race in 3rd place.  

 Meryeta O’dine, 24 years old won two bronze medals this year counting the one with partner Eliot Grondin. Mrs. O’dine had hard years due to the covid-19. She was dealing with anxiety, depression, and her brother dying from fighting cancer. With hard work, she became an Olympics-level athlete.

At the last Olympics Meryeta had a concussion in practice, because of that she couldn’t race at the games. In recent years, she won the gold medal at the 2015 Canada winter games in Prince George, and at the time she was just 18 years old.

“It feels absolutely insane,” said Meryeta O’Dine


These are some of her results from the last couple of years.

Olympic Winter Games: 2022 – BRONZE (SBX), BRONZE (SBX team); 2018 – DNS (SBX)

FIS World Championships: 2021 – 4th (SBX); 2019 – 13th (SBX), 10th (SBX team); 2017 – DNF (SBX)

FIS World Junior Championships: 2017 – 13th (SBX); 2016 – 4th (SBX); 2015 – 10th (SBX)