Annie Guglia : Canadian Olympic Prospect29 years old Sponsors : Meow Skateboards, Vans Canada, Outlaw Skateshop, Physio Extra , Bones Bearings For the past few years, Annie Guglia has been everywhere. She has become, in a way, the female face of skateboarding in Quebec and Canada. She was one of Canada’s brightest hopes for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Let’s put it this way, for Annie, skateboarding is not only a passion, “it’s what defines me as a person” she admits. And that’s thanks to a Christmas gift her little brother received when she was only 10 years old. “When I saw my brother make a ollie to hop on a curb, it opened up a world of possibilities. I actually started in 2002 when I was in high school and then I started hanging out with the skaters. It became my identity!” But her debut on a skateboard was not an easy task. “Some people are natural on a skateboard, but it wasn’t the case for me, I worked hard,” she says. ‘’ It took me at least six months to make an ollie. After that, I mainly skated the mini-ramp in Ahuntsic Park. I think I landed my first kick flip 2 years after I started skating.” Since then, Annie’s progression has been amazing and she kickflips at will. In fact, one of her proudest accomplishments is her kick flip at Pointe-À-Callière. You can see it at the end of her part in Quit Your Day Job.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WilmNqwkdQAlthough skateboarding is the most important part of her life, Annie has other passions. Camping in her van with her girlfriend and her dog makes her particularly happy. In an ideal world, she would do road trips regularly in the canyons. She had one of her best days ever visiting the Zion National Park. That and the time she ended up on the cover of King Skateboard. https://www.instagram.com/p/B3r9jHrhDI9/ If Annie will have to wait a bit longer before potentially representing Canada at the Olympics, you don’t need to wait to see her skate. You can notably check her winning edit for Défi Hors Piste right here : Watch the MTL Skate District episode featuring Annie Guglia now! https://www.instagram.com/tv/CDT_xfxBGP0/?igshid=4mwg6nlgc7fy&fbclid=IwAR1mw_kMgqu2AvPm28x1y-RfqyLJIu47lRs1Dm-PJndmOqdFvFybvtFpfZU