My Vancouver – Then & Now: Ashleigh McIvor & Jay DeMerit

Ashleigh McIvor and Jay DeMerit biking on the Vancouver seawall.

Ashleigh McIvor and Jay DeMerit biking on the Vancouver seawall.

My Vancouver – Then & Now Series

As one of the most desirable cities in the world in which to live, Vancouver has played a pivotal role in the destinies of many athletes, performers and creative minds.  Whether as a stepping stone at the beginning of their long careers (Academy Award –winner Jim Erickson); a safe harbour for immigrants to start again (Prima Ballerina, Chan Hon Goh ) or reaching the pinnacle of their life’s work here ( NHL’s ‘Captain Canuck’, Trevor Linden, ) the celebrated personalities of this new Inside Vancouver Series by Laura Goldstein, all have one thing in common:  MY VANCOUVER THEN & NOW is immeasurably in their hearts.


A mutual sponsor played cupid for two of Vancouver’s most heralded athletes while they watched a hockey game from the Bell Suite at Rogers Arena. Whether a match made in endorsement heaven or serendipity, Ski-Cross Gold Medalist, Ashleigh McIvor and Jay DeMerit, Captain of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC tied the knot on August 25th!

“The 2010 Vancouver Olympics was just a magical experience for me,” reminisces
Whistler-born McIvor taking a breather between wedding preparations. “I felt so calm – not nervous just excited-at the start gate and I felt the whole country was behind me before the race. I wanted to go out and have fun with it. It was just tremendous to win at the Vancouver Olympics because it was the first time that the International Olympic Committee agreed to debut ski-cross at the Games,” she explains.

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My Vancouver – Then & Now: Ashleigh McIvor & Jay DeMerit