A first time Paralympian at Sochi in 2014, Brittany Hudak was introduced to cross-country skiing by the legendary Paralympian and Sochi teammate, Colette Bourgonje. Hudak was an 18-year-old employee at a Canadian Tire store in Prince Albert, Sask. when Bourgonje introduced herself and provided information to Hudak on the sport.
Hudak, born missing part of her left arm, was an active person involved in dancing, track and field, basketball and badminton but was still looking for her niche sport. Hudak immediately enjoyed the challenges of cross country skiing.
In her IPC World Cup debut in December 2013 at Canmore, Hudak was the top Canadian placing fourth in the five-kilometer women’s standing race which qualified her for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games. The Prince Albert, Sask., resident had been competing domestically for only a year. She was just off the pace of Russian gold medallist Alena Kaufman.
She continued to maintain herself among the world’s best after Sochi with top-five finishes at the last two world championships in both biathlon and cross country skiing.
Off the ski trails, Hudak is working towards her social work degree at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology