Jeff Pain

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Jeff Pain
Personal information
Born December 14, 1970 (1970-12-14) (age 46)
Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Residence Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Jeff Pain (born December 14, 1970) is an American-born, Canadian skeleton racer who has competed since 1995. He is regarded as one of the most successful male competitors in the history of the Canadian skeleton program. He was born in Anchorage, Alaska and his middle name is Thomas.

He graduated from the University of British Columbia, where he was a member of the school's varsity track and field team.[1]

Pain has had a 15-year career with 20 World Cup podium finishes, 3 World Championship medals, and an Olympic silver medal. This included winning the men's Skeleton World Cup overall title twice (2004-5, 2005-6). He first represented Canada at the 2002 Olympic Winter games finishing 6th, where Skeleton returned after a 54-year hiatus. Then Pain went on to compete in the 2006 Winter Olympics where he finished with a silver medal behind fellow Canadian Duff Gibson. One distinguishing feature of Pain's skeleton gear is his custom-painted helmet, depicting the face of an enraged beaver. Pain was married to his wife Aly in 1997 and they have two sons.

Jeff and Aly recently released their first book, "The Business of Marriage & Medals" - A Relationship's Journey through Elite Performance. This book is a raw and honest account of the couples marriage while dealing with tremendous sacrifice and extended time apart.

Pain also won three medals in the men's skeleton event at the FIBT World Championships with two golds (2003, 2005) and a silver (2001).

He finished in ninth place at the 2010 Winter Olympics; racing with a badly injured right Oblique muscle.


  1. ^ Drexhage, Glenn. "Insane Pain: Thrill of the Skeleton". UBC Public Affairs. Retrieved 6 August 2012.