Olympian Christina Smith is a well-known figure in the field of bobsledding. Smith and her brakeman Lesa Stringer, led the Canadian 2 sled to their fourth place finish at the fifth Women’s Bobsleigh World Cup in Igls, Austria that landed her in a position to be eligible to compete for a coveted spot at the 2002 Salt Lake Games in February.
A Montreal native, Smith recently raced at the Whistler 2010 Olympic bobsled track on March 21, 2009, bringing back memories of her dedicated and determined efforts in 1999 qualifying races in preparation for the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2002.
Christina and her teammate Paula McKenzie made history at that Olympic Games, being the first Canadian women to make their debut, and a lasting impression, in the sport, which for the first time welcomed women to compete in the Bobsledding competition. “We are history makers, that’s so cool,” Smith said at the time.
Christina Smith has recently been tapped as one of the Women’s Bobsleigh Analysts with CTV for the upcoming 2010 Olympic Winter games in Vancouver, Canada. A former Canadian sledder at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, the first time appearance of women’s bobsledding in the Olympic Games, Smith definitely made an impression.
Rightfully earning her place in history, Christina was one of the first woman bobsled pilots to represent her native Canada, she rewarded their trust and confidence with bronze medals at the 2000 and 2001 World Cups. She was literally a pioneer who broke gender barriers, and expectations as the pilot of Canada’s two-person women’s sled team. Christina retired after nearly a dozen years with Canada’s National Team. Since then, she has given back to her country by serving as President of the Olympians Canada Alberta Chapter. She’s also served as a Team Manager for Women’s Bobsleigh in France. Not willing to stop there, Christina is also a founder and sponsor of an athlete mentorship program called PUSHSTART International.
Currently representing PT Health Investments through CMV Financial, Christina has recently come out of retirement to film a documentary about her experiences learning techniques about bobsledding on one of the fastest, steepest, dangerous and respected tracks in the world of bobsledding. That bobsled is currently on display in the main foyer of the hotel Chateau Fairmont where Christina often provides educational meet-and-greet sessions for locals, tourists, and the ever present media.
As a current shareholder in PT Health, Christina Smith understands the importance of providing health care and rehab services to Canadians. Services offered by PT Health are important to sports figures in many fields and often benefit from Physiotherapy and pain management facilities located throughout Canada.