Stanley Hayer (born July 19, 1973 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian freestyle skier of Czech descent who currently resides in Calgary, Alberta. Stanley Hayer was a member of the Canadian national ski cross team from 2007-2010.
Hayer moved over to the Czech Republic to ski with their team in the early part of the 2000s after disagreements with the Canadian National Alpine program. He would win a silver in the Czech nationals and go on to win a silver in the 2007 FIS World Championships. Hayer went back to the Canadian ski-cross team for the start of the 2007-08 season with the 2010 Winter Olympics taking place in Canada.
Hayer won the gold medal at the 2009 Winter X-Games having won silver at the 2008 X-Games the year before.
Hayer was a member of the Canadian team that went to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
“If you don’t do it first, don’t do it at all”
D.O.B.: July 19, 1973
Place of birth: Edmonton, AB
Where you grew up: Kimberly, BC
Current hometown: Calgary, AB
Where you train: Most of my off snow training is at COP training center. It has everything I need to stay in shape. On snow training is pretty much following the snow.
International standing and recent results:
Current World Cup Point Ranking: 8th
2009 World Cup Point Ranking: 5th
2009 FIS Point Standings: 7th
2009 Winner of X-Games
14th – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA
7th – World Cup, Blue Mountain, CAN
10th – World Cup, Alpe d’Huez, FRA
2nd – World Cup, Les Contamines, FRA
11th – World Cup, San Candido, ITA
3rd – World Cup Finals, La Plagne, FRA
14th – World Cup, Meiringen, SUI
22nd – World Championships, Inawashiro JPN
26th – World Cup, Branaes, SWE
5th – World Cup, Myrkdalen-Voss, NOR
2nd – World Cup, Cypress Mt. CAN
1st – X Games, Aspen, CO
15th – Lake Placid, USA
6th – World Cup, Flaine, FRA
12th – World Cup, Les Contamines, FRA
2nd – AirWave Games, Tignes, FRA
19th – World Cup, St. Johann, AUT
2nd – X Games, Aspen, CO
2nd – World Cup, Meiringen, SUI
2nd – World Cup, Sierra Nevada, ESP
3rd – World Cup, Les Contamines, FRA
3rd – World Cup, Grindewald, SUI
One On One With…
What are your goals for 2010?
My goals for 2010 are to qualify for the Olympics in Ski Cross. I believe anyone in the top 30 in the World has a chance to win an Olympic medal, hopefully with the Games in Canada; I will have an advantage over the competition. I know if I do everything that I have trained and will be training in next year to the best of my ability I believe that I can stand on the podium in 2010.
How did you get into your sport (i.e. other Olympians in family?)
My family got me involved in skiing at a very young age, I was 1.5 when I first stepped onto a pair of skis and have not taken them off since. I skied at Snow Valley Ski Club in Edmonton while in Edmonton; they had lights so it was 2 night training days a week. On the weekends my family drove to Jasper to ski for the weekends. We would stay in our van, 4 people and eat Goulash and dumplings and just ski. Once we moved to Kimberley I was on snow as much as possible and with one of the best night skiing runs in North America, it was a perfect place to train. I had an older sister that was better then me so I was always chasing her, that’s what probably made me fast. I also skied what felt like a million miles with Jasper Blake growing up, we knew the ski hill like the back of our hands. He is known as one of Canada’s top triathlon athletes. I was never to flashy on skis, my coached and father always made me ski as perfect as possible. I think that really helps me know, I am in balance and alert whenever I get onto the Ski Cross course.
How were you supported by your community growing up?
I do not remember much about Edmonton or Jasper, the one thing I do remember is that the coach in Jasper was really good but we did more freeskiing then gates. I was skiing the black diamonds in Jasper at the age of 4. I never had much fear when I was young. Kimberley, being a small town, gives you the feeling that everyone is your sponsor. Even to this day I am amazed how much people have followed my career all the way from the age of 9 till now, it is amazing and I am proud to be from Kimberley and hope I can put them on the map again. They have had other skiing stars, the biggest Gerry Sorenson back in the 80’s, She even has a road named after her, now that is cool.
What is it about your hometown that inspired you in your sport?
When I was young our older FIS alpine group was very strong, I looked up to the older guys and wanted to ski/race against them. I guess I was never really inspired to be the best in the world, skiing was just something I did, all the time. I do remember growing up and getting all excited whenever I heard the Wide World of Sports theme song. The crazy canucks inspired a whole generation of Canadian skiers.
How were you impacted by where you grew up?
Like I wrote above, I don’t remember much about Edmonton but the proud and supportive community of Kimberley helped me keep going even when times were tough. Like when I was cut from the Canadian Alpine Team. I raced for the Czech Republic but everyone in Kimberley still kept tabs on me. I know if I lived in a big city I would have been forgotten quickly since I never made a big international splash until I started racing Ski Cross. In Kimberley I could be last every race and they would still watch and cheer. I have a great group of friend that traveled to Salt Lake in a motor home to watch the Olympics and they are all looking forward to Vancouver.
How would you describe yourself?
A work in progress!! Every year I learn more about myself, what I need to stay happy and how to deal with unexpected situations. I try to take a calculated approach to my training; I spend many hours watching video, I analyze other racers until I can’t watch anymore and if I am feeling good I can train and train and train.
What is one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in reaching your goals in this sport?
I always thought I would be a Slalom skier, I didn’t even know that Ski Cross existed until 2003. I guess the biggest hurdle I had to deal with was being cut from the Canadian Team. In the end, my moving to the Czech Republic was the best thing that could have happened, I finally had my freedom, the only person responsible for my results was me, I like that. I thought that I would spend 1 year racing and visiting family, 7 years, an Olympics and a World Championship medal later I am glad I stuck it out. I put a lot of pressure on myself; I don’t need a bunch of other people depending on me. I now know that a team is helpful, it is a support group, not a pressure maker. The Canadian Ski Cross team is on track to become one of the best-known programs in Canadian Ski History.
What do you consider of one of your biggest accomplishments to date?
In the ski world I think qualifying and doing well at the Olympics in 2002. I tuned my own skis, wrote my own dry land programs, drove everywhere to race, went to coaches meetings and found personal sponsors. It was a tough but very fun and educational few years for me that was capped off going to the Olympics. It all sunk in at the Opening Ceremonies in Salt Lake. It was an amazing experience.
The second biggest is going to have to be placing 2nd at the 2007 World Championships in Italy. I look at my medals everyday; I still don’t believe it!
What other interests do you have outside your sport?
As I get older I realize that I am doing less crazy, high impact hobbies. The only one that I cannot give up is Motocross. I have a 2005 CRF 450, I love how it gets me ready for the Ski Cross season and how it gives me a rush when I jump something that I have had to build up to. When I was young I played for BC in the Western Canadian Volleyball Tournament, which was a great experience, I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to pursue that sporting career. I guess know that I have a place my new hobby is starting projects and not finishing them. I actually like playing with wood and flooring, maybe something to fall back on to when I retire.