Mark Lynch

Birth Date:Dec. 1, 1987 (age 33)
Birth Place:Ottawa
Hometown:St. John's, Nfld.

Relocating south down Highway 2 from Edmonton to Calgary in 2013 turned into quite a trip for Mark Lynch. Making the move for work, Mark took advantage of the Olympic legacy facilities and hopped on a skeleton sled.

After reaching out to the Alberta Skeleton Association, they invited him to a driving school in October 2013, and he has been headfirst downhill ever since.

After completing a very recreational first season, Mark took the sport more seriously the following year and joined Team Paes for his dryland and Ice House training. At the start of his third season, he competed in his first North American Cup race in Calgary and finished eighth. Due to an injury to a teammate that season, he was called up to the Europe Cup circuit for the second half where he continued his development. 

Mark is now in his eighth year, and third on the National Senior Skeleton Team. As a non-sprinter, his sprinting/pushing has developed alongside his sliding abilities. This has allowed him to meet the national team 30m sprint standard, and he is now focused on achieving the World Cup push standard.

Mark is a true Canadian, having lived across the country. He was born in Ottawa and then moved to Fredericton, N.B. when he was three years old. When he was 11, his family moved to St. John’s, Nfld. where he lived until the end of university. Mark loved all sports. He played hockey, rugby, golf and volleyball growing up. He holds a second-degree black belt in taekwondo. 

While in university, he completed six internships, two of them in Houston, TX and one in The Netherlands. After university, he moved to Edmonton to start work with Schlumberger. He worked for three years on the oil rigs in Northern Alberta before moving to Calgary to work as a technical sales engineer. Today, Mark works full time as a sales engineer in addition to his full-time commitment to skeleton.

Outside of skeleton he enjoys golf, snowboarding/skiing, travelling and cooking. He is the oldest of three kids in his family with a younger brother and sister, who live in Calgary along with Mark’s parents. 

Career Highlights

  Gold Silver Bronze Other
2020 - Intercontinental Cup, PyeongChang, KOR       7th / 8th 
2019 - Intercontinental Cup, Winterberg, GER       10th 
2019 - Intercontinental Cup, Sochi, RUS        19th / 15th 
2019 – World Championships, Whistler, CAN


2019 – Intercontinental Cup, Lake Placid, USA       15th / 15th
2019 – Intercontinental Cup, Park City, USA      

13th/ 12th

2018 – National Team Selection Races       4th
2017 – North America’s Cup, Calgary, CAN       5th
2017 – North America’s Cup, Whistler, CAN       4th
2015 – North America’s Cup, Calgary, CAN       8th

World Championship Results

Altenberg, GER 21st
Whistler, CAN 7th (team)


World Cup Results

  Konigssee, GER 22nd
  St. Moritz, SUI 24th
  Winterberg, GER 18th


Intercontinental Cup Results

  Koenigssee, GER  16th
Pyeonchang, KOR 7th
  Lake Placid, USA 20th
  Koenigssee, GER 18th
  Winterberg, GER 10th
  Sochi, RUS 19th
  Lake Placid, USA 15th
  Park City, USA 13th
  Winterberg, GER 25th
  Igls, AUT 25th