Chandra Crawford – Calgary, Alberta
President and Founder, Fast and Female Canada
Chandra is a music-loving mountain girl born and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Canmore, Alberta. In 2005 she started Fast and Female. Four months later, at the age of 22, Chandra won the Olympic Gold medal in cross-country skiing and captured many hearts when she belted out the national anthem from the top step of the podium. On the start line of the 1.1 km sprint race final, the announcer on CBC pointed out her big smile, saying “this young lady is having a blast and showing it.” In 2008 Chandra’s great friend and competitor Kikkan Randall (5x Olympian, Olympic and World Champion) from Anchorage, Alaska joined forces with Chandra and today she leads the expansion of the program in the US. In March 2014 she retired from ski racing after three Olympics and 13 years of international ski racing with the Canadian National Team and completed a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Calgary. She is currently working full time for Fast and Female as well as sharing her performance mindset skills in corporate motivational presentations. Chandra currently lives in Calgary and spends her weekend doing mini-adventures in the mountains with her husband Jared, toddler Kyla, baby Bruce and their dog, Stella. In the fall of 2018, Chandra received International Olympic Committee Women & Sports Trophy for the Americas, Chandra won the Bruce Kidd Leadership Award and was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. She credits this recognition to the tireless work of the Fast and Female team and our network of volunteers, ambassadors and contractors all over North America.