Train to Win

National Team athletes competing at World Cups, Olympics and World Championships.

Train to Win


  • Athletes are usually at the national team level and the primary objective at this stage is to win medals at the elite levels of competition. 
  • Athletes competitive at the highest level: World Cups, Olympics and World Championships.
  • Perfecting competitive skills and increasing a consistent medal contending performance.
  • All of the athlete’s physical, technical, tactical, mental and ancillary capacities should now be fully established with the focus shifting to the optimization of performance. 

Key points

  • They are the best of the very best in their sport and not everyone on a national team will necessarily fall into this category. 
  • The Podium Pathway is: 
    • A concept used by all Canadian organizations committed to high performance sport. 
    • A component of an NSO’s Long-Term Athlete Development framework that specifically addresses identification and development of podium potential athletes. 
    • Integral to guiding key foundational skills in physical literacy stages. 
    • An approach to targeted excellence that identifies an enhanced daily training and competition environment needed to achieve podium performances. 
    • An evidence-based approach to determining and defining critical performance components and standards for achieving podium-level results. 
    • A development and implementation process shared by NSO high performance and development staff along with provincial/territorial sport organization leaders. 

Athlete Skills

At this stage, periodic testing is completed to identify the gaps, the strengths and weakness of the individual athlete to create a formalized annual training plan that contains multiple periodized peaks and tapers.   


  • Improvement or maintenance of all physical capacities required for optimum performance through evidence-based training prescription. 
  • Work with the athlete on:  
    • The individual and sport specific needs for strength, muscular power, aerobic fitness, anaerobic fitness, speed, quickness, agility, balance, coordination, and flexibility. 
    • Functional Assessments and fitness testing to develop individual correctives plan. 


Athlete Development Matrix 

Gold Medal Profile 

  • At this stage, the training is really individualized. 
  • Athletes should be able to:  
    • Refine highest DD manœuvres. 
    • Have great decision-making reactions. 
    • Show consistency in his performances. 
  • Trampoline:  
    • Use the trampoline to work on individual needs.  
  • Water ramp:  
    • Girls 
      • Lay-Tuck-Tuck, Lay-Tuck-Full, Lay-Full-Tuck, Lay-Full-Full, Full-Full-Full
    • Boys:
      • Lay-Full-Full, Full-Full-Full, Full-dFull-Full, dFull-Full-Full
      • 5 twists
  • Snow:  
    • Girls 
      • dFull-Full,  Ful-dFull
      • Lay-Tuck-Tuck, Lay-Tuck-Full, Lay-Full-Full, +
    • Boys 
      • Lay-Full-Full, Full-Full-Full, Full-dFull-Full, dFull-Full-Full 
      • 5 twists


Athlete Development Matrix 

Gold Medal Profile 

  • Skiing skill:
    • Perfecting and maximizing the amplitude of the skills 
  • Trampoline:
    • Girls:
      • 10+ rotation progression
      • Doubles progression
    • Boys:
      • Keep working on triple progressions
      • Integrate different types of grabs 
  • Air:
    • Girls:
      • Perfecting and amplifying skills
      • Right or left flare
      • Right and left cork 9
      • Switch down pipe or alleyoop 540°
    • Boys:
      • Perfecting and amplifying skills
      • Encouraging innovation
      • Switch alleyoop, flat 5
      • Switch double


Athlete Development Matrix 

Gold Medal Profile 

  • MO Athletes should be able to: 
    • Refine skiing skills and tactics as applied to competitions 
    • Maximize DD in jumps 
    • Maximize individual styles of skiing 
    • Perform consistently on a multitude of different courses 
    • Encouraging innovation 
  • Trampoline:  
    • Continual improvement of aerial awareness, confidence and decision-making. 
    • Keep adding new skills (more spin, more flip, more style and variety),
    • Linking difficult skills into routines
    • Maximize excellent takeoff technique 
  • Water ramp/Air bag:  
    • Girls:  
      • Back full, Cork 7, variety of grabs
    • Boys:  
      • Cork 1080, Back double full, variety of grabs, introduction to doubles 
  • Jumps  
    • Maximise DD
    • Encourage innovation

Slopestyle & Big Air 

Athlete Development Matrix 

Gold Medal Profile 

  • Athletes should be able to:  
    • Create technical innovations 
    • Maximize individual styles of skiing 
    • Perform consistently on a multitude of different courses 
  • Skiing:
    • Mastering the style 
    • Strategic skiing
    • Landing switch looking over the opposite shoulder of the rotation.
    • Arms have minimal movement (grounded), effortless skiing.
  • Trampoline:  
    • Continual improvement of aerial awareness, confidence and decision-making. 
    • Variety of grabs and style
    • Perfecting skills, adding connection between skills.
    • Girls:
      • Progression towards dub 9, switch dub 9, dub 10
    • Boys: 
      • Progression towards triples
  • Jumps:
    • Gils:
      • Switch off-axis 9, switch 10, cork 9 both directions
      • 3 different grabs
      • Introduction to doubles
    • Boys:
      • Doubles all 4 ways with 3 different grabs
      • 1 triple
      • 16’s and 14’s
  • Features:  
    • Girls:
      • Most F/B swaps 2 out
      • All 4 out’s and one 4 on
    • Boys:
      • All 2 on swaps 2 out
      • All 2 on and 4 out
      • All 4 on and 2 out
  • Tactical:
    • Training and competing podium tricks on a consistent and daily basis, regardless if weather conditions and course set up.


  • Maximize learning opportunities in training and competition.  
  • Build your belief in your ability to achieve goals.  
  • Practice mindfulness.  
  • Develop your ability to accept the different thoughts, feelings, and emotions that emerge. 
  • Train yourself to maintain optimal focus under any competitive conditions. 


YTP example. 

  • At this stage, sport-specific technical, tactical, and fitness training is full time. 
  • The number of training days and competition is individualized. 
  • The integrated support team (IST) in partnership with the coach’s construct, monitor, evaluate and adjust the athlete individual training plan to ensure them to peak for major competitions.  


  • Athlete will be surrounded by a full coaching team (technical, strength and conditioning, mental, physio, wax technician, …) 
  • Communication in between that team is key for the athlete success. 
  • The lead coach will be offered professional coaching courses/workshop from CAC, OTP, Sport institutes. 


FIS Terrain guide

Events & Competitions

  • Focus is on podium performances at highest level international events (World Cups, World Championships, Olympic Games). 
  • Athletes should be trained to peak for specific competitions and major events. 

Judges and Officials 

Judges pathway. 

Official pathway

  • For World Cups, World championships and Olympics Games, judges will need a license A for MO and AE and AFP gold for SS, BA and HP.  
  • Officials have their FIS licenses. 
  • Domestic World Cup are organized by a strong organizing committee lead by Freestyle Canada and FIS. 

Other Influences 

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