Date of Birth:
July 9, 1976
City/State of Birth:
West Vancouver, BC, Canada
Oak Creek, Colorado
Olympics and Events Attended:
2006 Olympics, Torino, Italy ~ Snowboardcross
Simmons began skiing at the age of two on the mountains of Whistler, BC, Canada. When she was 12 she tested her skills of the "new" fad of snowboarding. Simmons started snowboardcross racing in 1999 while she was in New Zealand and her love for the speed and excitement grew from there. She returned to North America in 2000 to start competing in the 'big leagues' and ended up grabbing two 3rd place finishes at her first two pro competitions. Then the unfortunate happened: she tore her left ACL and put her new career on hold. After surgery and lots of rehab, she returned to racing when the snow fell. The 2001 season was huge and launched Simmons into the top ranks of snowboardcross. She traveled to many North American resorts and to her first Winter X Games, surprising crowds and grabbing great results.
In 2002 she traveled to Europe and New Zealand to compete in the international field. In 2003, the snowboardcross scene faded a little but just around the corner in 2004, Erin's competition dreams came back to life when it was announced that snowboardcross would be added to the 2006 Winter Olympics. Erin joined the FIS World Cup tour in 2004 and started traveling and competing towards her Olympic aspirations. Erin has traveled all over the world earning four World Cup medals, winning the Nippon Open and bringing home three X-Games silver medals.
In her spare time she rides powder and enjoys living in the sunny Steamboat Springs area with her husband Kevin and dog Alice.