Okanagan freestyle skier awarded Olympic training grant

Jordan Kober of Penticton recognized for Olympic potential

Jordan Kober gets air on this jump in a moguls competition. Photo courtesy of Canadian Olympic Committee

The Kober name continues to draw attention on the moguls circuit these days.

Penticton’s Jordan Kober, 21, has joined another of the nation’s prestigious athletic clubs, being named this week as one of 55 young Canadian athletes from both summer and winter sports selected by Petro-Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) to receive Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence (FACE) Program grants.

Related: Olympic dreams come true for South Okanagan coach

Kober’s father, Rob, is the coach of the Canadian men’s moguls squad, whose team member Mikaël Kingsbury, won a gold medal at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics.

His older brother Josh is a first-year coach of the B.C. moguls team of which his younger sister Chloe is a member.

Jordan is currently recovering from a knee injury he suffered in 2017. Prior to getting hurt, he had three top-10 finishes on the Nor-Am Cup circuit.

Related: AFC alum selected to NextGen group

Jordan was also among a group of athletes selected by Freestyle Canada for its NextGen group that was announced in October 2017.

The announcement was made by Freestyle Canada with the athletes competing mainly on the North American circuit, with some having a chance to attend select World Cup events.

With the recent announcement, athletes and their coaches are awarded a $10,000 FACE grant to help them with their journey ($5,000 directly to the athlete and $5,000 to their coach).

Related: Kober cutting a groove as moguls coach

Kober’s coach is Guillaume Turgeon of Quebec, who heads the NexGen Mogul Institute Team.

FACE grants are often used for training, equipment and travel expenses.

Past recipients include Olympic and Paralympic medallists Patrick Chan, Hayley Wickenheiser, Rosie MacLennan, Mark Tewksbury, Kaitlyn Lawes, Marielle Thompson Mac Marcoux (GOLD, Para alpine skiing) and Nicholas Gill.

Recent FACE grant recipients participating at the recent 2018 Winter Olympic Games include Kim McRae (luge), Cendrine Browne (cross-country ski), Mirela Rahneva (skeleton), Gabrielle Daleman (figure skating), Mélodie Daoust (women’s hockey) and Chris Spring (bobsled).

According to a news release, since 1988, FACE grants have supported more than 3,000 athletes and coaches by providing more than $11 million in financial support.

In addition to providing financial support, FACE athletes and coaches are invited to an annual summit to learn from Olympians, and Paralympians, and receive advice on media training, public speaking and personal-brand development.

 

Jordan Kober (left) with his father Rob during Olympic team training at Apex Mountain Resort earlier this year. Mark Brett/Western News

Jordan Kober of Penticton competing in a moguls competition. Photo courtesy Canadian Olympic Committee

Just Posted

Fathers’ Day in the sun

Discovery House event draws a crowd to Penticton’s Skaha Lake Park

Penticton Pistoleras seize second undefeated season

Penticton’s Pistoleras roller derby team wrapped up the season undefeated, thanks to… Continue reading

Penticton lacrosse team battles hard in Barnburner tourney

The Penticton Midget Lacrosse team remains in the B-division after a tough Barnburner tourney

Former Penticton Vee recovering in hospital

Pittsburgh Penguin prospect expected to make full recovery

Festival of celebrity chefs to highlight and celebrate B.C. wines.

The second year of the Chef Meets B.C. Grape happens June 23

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Book Talk: Okanagan beach reads

A cool, shady spot on the beach is a fine place to lose yourself in a book

BC Lions defensive back Marcell Young levels streaker in home opener

Young hit the fan near one of the 45-yard lines

UPDATE: RCMP investigating overnight incident on Lakeshore Road

Evidence markers noting blood stains on road

Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

Two Mexican World Cup fans were among those hit

Police say Salmon Arm youth who posted about shooting students no longer a threat

Group which alerted RCMP to tweets says it issued a Code Red, highest level of alert

B.C. VIEWS: Orphans of our urban drug culture neglected again

Child advocate Bernard Richard leaves B.C. with harsh message

From marijuana beer to pot cookies, Canadian companies creating cannabis edibles

Manufacturers think that edibles will do well with users who don’t want to smoke or vape

Most Read