Normally, the gap from junior to senior world gold is significant. However, Loutitt on Wednesday beat Norwegian two-time world champion Maren Lundby to senior gold in the women’s large hill event, less than a month after the 19-year-old’s junior title.
“When I’m able to just focus on my jumps and go into my bubble, the outcome is phenomenal,” Loutitt said.
“Since I started in this sport, I’ve always dreamt of becoming a world champion … this means so much to me and for the Canadian ski jumping community.”
Canada’s top ski jumpers live and train in Slovenia, where the senior world championships are being held this week, since facilities in Canada from Olympics past are now shuttered. The sport has campaigned for some of those facilities to be reinstated, a message that is amplified with every major success – world medals often being determinants of funding.
Loutitt is from Calgary. Her connection to Inuvik’s Nihtat Gwich’in comes from her great-grandmother, Fort McPherson resident Laura McLeod, and her great-grandfather, Colin Loutitt.
The Gwich’in Tribal Council has wholeheartedly embraced Loutitt’s success on the world stage.
“A beaming proud Gwich’in Nation stands behind you, Alexandria,” the GTC wrote online after her world junior gold in February.