|Birth Date:||Dec. 1, 1987 (age 31)|
|Hometown:||St. John's, Nfld.|
Relocating south down Highway 2 from Edmonton to Calgary in 2013 turned into quite a trip for Mark Lynch. Making the move for work, Mark took advantage of the Olympic legacy facilities and hopped on a skeleton sled.
After reaching out to the Alberta Skeleton Association, they invited him to a driving school in October 2013, and he has been headfirst downhill ever since.
After completing a very recreational first season, Mark took the sport more seriously the following year and joined Team Paes for his dryland and Ice House training. At the start of his third season, he competed in his first North American Cup race in Calgary and finished 8th. Due to an injury to a teammate that season, he was called up to the Europe Cup circuit for the second half where he continued his development.
Mark is now in his sixth year, and first on the National Team competing on the Intercontinental Cup Circuit. As a non-sprinter, his sprinting/pushing has developed alongside his sliding abilities. This has allowed him to meet the national team 30m sprint standard, and he is now focused on achieving the World Cup push standard.
Mark is a true Canadian, having lived across the country. He was born in Ottawa and then moved to Fredericton, N.B. when he was three years old. When he was 11, his family moved to St. John’s, Nfld. where he lived until the end of university. Mark loved all sports. He played hockey, rugby, golf and volleyball growing up. He holds a second degree black belt in taekwondo.
While in university, he completed six internships, two of them in Houston, TX and one in The Netherlands. After university, he moved to Edmonton to start work with Schlumberger. He worked for three years on the oil rigs in Northern Alberta before moving to Calgary to work as a technical sales engineer. Today, Mark works full time as a sales engineer in addition to his full-time commitment to skeleton.
Outside of skeleton he enjoys golf, snowboarding/skiing, travelling and cooking. He is the oldest of three kids in his family with a younger brother and sister, who live in Calgary along with Mark’s parents.
2018 – National Team Selection Races/Essais de sélection de l’équipe nationale, Whistler/Calgary: earned spot on national skeleton team/s’est qualifié à l’équipe nationale de skeleton
2018 – National Team Selection Races/ Essais de sélection de l’équipe nationale, Whistler, B.C.: 4
2018 – National Development Team Recruitment Camp/Camp de recrutement, équipe nationale de développement : 30m sprint PB 3.86s/record personnel de 3,86s au sprint sur 30m
2017 – North America’s Cup, Calgary: 5
2017 – North America’s Cup, Whistler: 4
2015 – North America’s Cup, Calgary: 8