Athlete Profiles

Ivan Babikov

Ivan Babikov

Exel Ski Poles

"I'm very happy to join such innovative and forward thinking company such as Exel. Excited to be a part of the Exel team!” Ivan Babikov

Ivan Babikov joined the Canadian Cross-Country Ski Team in 2008 from Russia when he began competing on the national team in 2002. While Ivan made his Olympic debut with Russia in 2006, he has helped shape the strongest men’s cross-country ski team ever since gaining his full Canadian citizenship in December 2007. Ivan became one of three Canadian men ever to win a World Cup race when he captured top spot in the final gruelling stage of the Tour de Ski in 2009. Ivan and his Canadian teammates also stole the nation’s attention at Whistler Olympic Park when three of them finished in the top-10 in the Olympic pursuit race on home snow at the 2010 Games, while delivering seven top-10 performances as a team throughout the Games.

Cendrine Brown

Cendrine Brown

Exel Ski Poles

Bonjour, je m'appelle Cendrine Browne. Je suis une skieuse sur l'Équipe Nationale Senior ainsi que sur le Centre National d'Entrainement PIerre Harvey. Je suis aussi étudiante en éducation physique à l'Université Laval. J'ai commencé le ski à l'âge de 15 ans, après une participation aux Jeux du Québec qui m'avait complètement emballée: je savais à partir de ce moment que le ski de fond était mon sport, car skier me donnait des ailes. Depuis ce temps-là, j'ai gravis les échelons très rapidement. À ma première année de ski, je suis arrivée 4e dans ma tranche d'âge au cumulatif des championnats canadiens au Yukon. L'année suivante, j'ai gagné le cumulatif des championnats canadiens à Canmore. Puis, j'ai été prise sur l'équipe du québec l'année d'après. Ensuite, le CNEPH m'a recrutée, j'ai été prise sur l'équipe nationale junior et la même année, je suis arrivée 15e au monde aux Championnats du monde à Liberec. Depuis ce temps, je suis sur l'Équipe Nationale Senior et mon objetcif utlime est une participation aux Jeux Olympiques de 2018. J'ai choisi les bâtons Excel, car j'aime l'équipe et je crois qu'avec eux, je peux me rendre jusqu'aux Olympiques. Pour me suivre, vous pouvez visiter mon site internet cendrinebrowne.mli.st ou bien me suivre sur Twitter: Cendrine_Browne.

Maya MacIsaac-Jones

Maya MacIsaac-Jones

Exel Ski Poles

Maya MacIsaac-Jones is one of Canada's top junior cross-country skiers and is a member of the Canadian Junior National Ski Team. She was born in 1995 and grew up on a small farm outside Athabasca, Alberta, where she learned to ski with the Athabasca Nordic Ski Club. Maya now lives and trains in Canmore, Alberta, and competes for the Rocky Mountain Racers Ski Team. She has competed in several World Cup, Junior World Championship, and Youth Olympic races, and has achieved top-10 results internationally. Maya has also won several medals on the North American Circuit and at the Canadian National Championships.

Toby Quinn

Toby Quinn

Exel Ski Poles

I am a 16 year old Biathlete and student from Thunder Bay, Ontario. I train with Big Thunder Nordic Ski Club and Lake Superior Biathlon and I have been on the Biathlon Ontario team for 3 years. I was the youngest member of Ontario's Canada Winter Games team for biathlon in 2015. I won multiple medals at the 2015 Biathlon Nationals in Hinton, Alberta. Outside of biathlon, I’m involved volleyball, track and field, badminton and biking.

Alex Slobodian

Alex Slobodian

Swenor Rollerskis

I have been skiing since I was 8 years old. When I first strapped on my waxless Tisa skis went for a 4 hour (5km) ski in Gatineau Park, I was hooked. When I was 10 years old, my parents signed me up for the Nakkertok Racing Rabbits program. I had won the Recreational division of the Nakkertok Cookie race and was 7 minutes behind the winner of the Competitive Division. 

Since that first race I have been continuously improving and each year I try and be in better shape then I was in the previous season. I have won several Ontario Cup medals as well as second place team sprint medal at OUA’s.   I have been a member of the Nakkertok Junior Development Team for 3 years, as well as a member of the Ontario Ski Team and Carleton University Ski Team for two years.  I attend Carleton University part time and am slowly working my way towards a Bachelor Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Eventually I want to be a member of the Canadian National Ski Team and compete for Canada at both the Olympics and on the World Cup Circuit.