Ryan Davenport
256018  32nd St. E.
Foothills, AB
tel: +1 (403) 938-6200
fax: +1 (403) 938-9660
e-mail: ryan@davenportsleds.ca

Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, leaving my city with a legacy of world-class athletic venues.  Although the bobsled track at Canada Olympic Park had been in use since the spring of 1986, I didn't go to watch a competition until early 1992.  Calgary was hosting the 1992 World Skeleton Championships and some newspaper coverage leading up to the event had sparked my interest.  I attended the competition, and after watching the first sled go past me I knew that I had to try this exciting sport.  I attended the first school at the start of the next season and began my career as a skeleton athlete.

I climbed the ranks locally and began my first season of international competition in 1993 / 94.  A trip to Lake Placid, NY at the end of the season for the 1994 North American Championships resulted in me severely damaging my sled on my first run from the top of the track.  I returned home and began working after hours as a sled builder.  I made the decision to work full time as a sled builder in the spring of 1995, after winning my first medal at the 1995 World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway.  At that time, I was the only full-time skeleton sled builder in the world.

Since then, Davenport Skeleton Sleds has become one of the premier skeleton equipment manufacturers in the world.  My sleds have now won a total of 301 medals at major international races (IBSF World Cups / Ladies' Cups, IBSF World Championships, Olympic Games), far more than any other sled manufacturer in the history of the sport.

This success resulted in increased demand for my equipment, and I am no longer able to pursue the competitive side of the sport to the degree I feel to be necessary.  Because of this, I retired as an athlete at the end of the 1998 / 99 season after having won the World Championships twice in my career.

Davenport Skeleton Sleds - last modified Dec. 27, 2017