Becoming a high-level athlete is extremely difficult. Lucky for us, living vicariously through one isn’t difficult at all.
Here are 10 Calgary-based athletes you need to follow on Instagram:
1. Kaillie Humphries (Bobsledding)
From the looks of her Instagram, Kaillie Humphries could be more than just an Olympic bobsledder. The Calgary native has nearly 900 posts showcasing her athletic abilities as well as her personal life.
2. Jerome Messam (Calgary Stampeders)
Jerome Messam’s Instagram game is strong. The Calgary Stampeders running back loves his family, he loves his sport, and he loves to make people laugh.
3. Micheal Ferland (Calgary Flames)
Micheal Ferland of the Calgary Flames doesn’t mind showing off the life he lives outside of hockey. By following Micheal, you get a glimpse of his family life, and how he chills with his buddies.
4. Erica Wiebe (Wrestling)
Well, winter is officially here and with a number of winter sports competition well underway, I wanted to say a big GOODLUCK to all my speed demon, frost loving friends who ski, snowboard, skate, and SLEIGH this upcoming season. I know what you guys do is incredible and how you train is crazy AF but this video is a testament to how YOU make it look easy! 👀🙌🏻❄️ Good luck [email protected] @gsimmerling @kailliehumphries @ivanieblondin @laurenguire @heathmclean @bigairmar @mrahneva @skellyelisabeth @christinerdebruin @kashalee & many others!
Olympic gold medallist Erica Wiebe participates in an intense sport, but that doesn’t mean she can’t have fun. The Calgary native’s Instagram is a mix of the fun she has outside of wrestling, combined with the intensity of training needed to become an Olympic champion.
5. Nicole Hare (Rowing)
Nicole Hare’s Instagram depicts the rower as delighted to be enjoying life, and her happiness is contagious. This Calgary girl will have you smiling along with her as she travels around rowing in competitions.
6. Eric Mitchell (Skiing)
Eric Mitchell may call Calgary home, but he also travels the world skiing in some of the nicest locales. If you’re into aesthetically pleasing scenic photography then Eric is the guy to follow.
7. Jessica O’Connell (Track and Field)
Calgary’s Jessica O’Connell makes running look like a ton of fun. The Olympian gives her Instagram followers a lot of insight on what it takes to become a track and field star. Follow her to see dedication, hard work, and even some worldly travels.
8. Monique Sullivan (Cycling)
If you’d like to follow another scenic Instagram account, Monique Sullivan is your girl. The Calgary cyclist posts photos of many of her rides into the wilderness, while also showing a behind the scenes look at her training.
9. Jeff Shattler (Calgary Roughnecks)
Jeff Shattler uses Instagram to share some awesome vacations. The Calgary Roughnecks player posts a ton of photos showing off his down time away from lacrosse and it’s a great view into an athlete’s life outside of sports.
10. Jinder Mahal (WWE)
Jinder Mahal has begun to make his name known in the WWE, so now is the best time to jump on his hype train. The Calgary born and raised wrestler is a great follow if you want to see what hard work and dedication can do to your body and career.
11. Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames)
You like watching him perform on the ice, but you’ll love seeing photos of Johnny Gaudreau in plaid shirts with bow ties. Johnny Hockey doesn’t post a lot, but he’s got a few gems.