Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt

Founding Athlete, Social Media
Olympian, World Cup Athlete

Olivia is a Canadian Olympic cross-country skier, raised in Quebec where skiing is a family tradition – both her parents are ski instructors. She’s been skiing for as long as she can remember.

Olivia has been a key part of Nordic Ski Lab from the beginning and is one of our first two athletes. Olivia contributes her extensive knowledge and skills as a demonstration athlete on an on-going basis.

Her international competitive career began in the 2010-11 season with the Nor-Am Cup circuit. During that season, she represented Team Quebec at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, winning a silver medal in the women’s relay.

Olivia first competed in the FIS U23 World Championships in 2014, and made her FIS World Cup debut in February 2015. She ranked second overall in the Nor-Am Cup standings in the 2017-18 season and has achieved 10 victories in Nor-Am Cup sprints.

In January 2022, she secured third place in the freestyle sprint at the Canadian trials for Beijing 2022. At the Beijing Olympics, she participated in four events, with her best performance being a ninth-place finish in the 4x5km relay.

Olivia has overcome significant challenges in her career. She missed the 2017 World Championships due to a herniated disc in her neck, coming shortly after recovering from a stress fracture in her right foot. In 2018, a severe case of mononucleosis sidelined her for the entire 2018-19 season. During this time, she went to northern Saskatchewan to work with Spirit North, teaching skiing in three Cree communities, an experience she counts among her most rewarding.