BiographyAthlete : Freestyle Skiing
Year Inducted: 2016
Date of Birth: January 11 1977
Born in: Ottawa, Ontario
For more than a decade, Jeff Bean was one of the world’s top freestyle skiers in the discipline of aerials. He competed in three Olympic Winter Games and finished fourth in 2002, coming within two one-hundredths of a point of earning the bronze medal. His other Olympics were in 1998 (11th) and 2006 (19th).
Bean competed for Canada from 1996 to 2006, winning four gold, six silver, and seven bronze medals on the World Cup circuit. His best World Cup season was in 2003, when he finished third overall in men’s aerials. At the 2005 world championships, he earned a silver medal. He retired in 2007.
His on-snow accomplishments also earned him recognition as Ottawa’s Athlete of the Year at the 2002 ACT Sports Awards Dinner and the Male Athlete of the Year for 2005 at the Ottawa Sports Awards Dinner.
A former member of the RBC Royal Bank Olympic program and a past CTV freestyle ski commentator, Bean remained connected to freestyle skiing as a World Cup aerials team coach at the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia.