Snowboarding Athlete - Inducted 2020
Edmonton’s Michael Robertson was always a competitive and gifted athlete - he played hockey and soccer from the age of five before transitioning to competitive snowboarding at the age of 13. A member of a small team from Rabbit Hill Snow Resort, just south of Edmonton, Mike became provincial champion in his age group at the age of 14. Two years later, he transitioned to the sport of snowboardcross, where his competitive nature and dedication to his chosen craft, allowed him to quickly excel at the sport. Michael joined the National Development Team at 17 before progressing to the National Team, where he would remain until his career was cut short by injuries at the age of 27. Over the course of his career, he won the silver medal in Men’s Snowboardcross at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, two World Cup bronze medals in 2009, and a third place finish in the Baker Banked Slalom (Pro Men) in Washington state. From 2009 – 2012, he was the top-ranked men’s snowboardcross athlete in the country.
During his career on the World Cup tour, Michael was often in the top 10, earning two silver and one bronze medal along the way. Heading into the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Michael was ranked fifth on the tour. In his semi-final, Michael avoided an early collision involving the other three competitors to run away with the race. In the final, Michael got out to the early lead and held it until Seth Wescott caught him at the second last turn to deny him the gold.
Since his retirement, Michael has coached a number of Alberta snowboardcross teams, the National Para Olympic team, and acts as an ambassador to Kidsport.