Spencer O’Brien was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia. At the age of four, her family relocated to Courtenay, BC, where she spent every winter at Mount Washington Ski Alpine Resort learning to ski and snowboard with her family. She spent her adolescence competing at local events around BC with her older sister Meghann.
Spencer has been a fixture on slopestyle podiums for the past decade. She won Transworld’s Rookie of the Year in 2008 and has gone on to win six X Games medals, one of them being gold in 2016. She is a two-time World Champion and a two-time Olympian for Team Canada.
Coming from a small aboriginal community and being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2013 pushed Spencer into working closely with Nike N7 (a collection that supports sport and physical activity programming to kids in Native American and Aboriginal communities) and Arthritis Research Canada.