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Frederique Turgeon

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW2

Further personal information

Residence
Montreal, QC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Social and Behavioral Science - College Andre Grasset: Montreal, QC, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing in 2002 at age three in Bromont, QC, Canada.
Why this sport?
"I was born into a family of skiers. Both of my parents initiated me into this sport. Being competitive has always been in my blood. I think that I get it from my mother, who would never let me win when we played board games."
Club / Team
Club de Ski Mont-Tremblant [CAN] / Ski Quebec Alpin [CAN]:
Name of coach
Lasse Ericsson
Training Regime
She works out in the gym five days a week, for up to two hours per session.

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Kühtai, AUT

General interest

Nicknames
Fred, Frede, Blondie (Athlete, 25 Apr 2017)
Hobbies
Travelling, sports, music. (iris.ca, 01 Mar 2018; Athlete, 25 Apr 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the slalom at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC, Canada. "After I got seriously injured a few years ago, I bitterly had to reduce my physical activity and I couldn't ski for a whole year. The year after, I decided to start skiing again and it turned out to be a very difficult season. Then, in the middle of the season, I won the Canada Games and it filled me with so much joy. This comforting feeling proved [to] me that I was made for ski racing." (iris.ca, 01 Mar 2018; Athlete, 25 Apr 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her father, and Canadian Para skier Alexis Guimond. (Athlete, 25 Apr 2017)
Hero / Idol
Her mother, and French Para alpine skier Marie Bochet. "When I was a little girl, I saw Marie Bochet winning many medals. Through the years, Marie has become a good friend of mine as well as being a rival. She inspired me to reach my goals and she's been encouraging me ever since." (iris.ca, 01 Mar 2018; Athlete, 25 Apr 2017)
Injuries
She missed a month of training in early 2019 due to an aggravated ankle injury. (paralympic.org, 15 Mar 2019)

She sustained a concussion in March 2016. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2016)

She broke her leg in December 2013. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She does a 30-minute meditation session before each race in order to lower her heart rate and also thinks about her late father. "I pray before every run I take. I say, 'Let's go, Dad,' and then I take off." (paralympic.org, 29 Jan 2019; theglobeandmail.com, 15 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up." [Vince Lombardi] (iris.ca, 01 Mar 2018; Athlete, 25 Apr 2017)
Ambitions
She said she went to the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang to gain experience, and hopes to win a medal four years later. "At the 2022 Games I will go there to win a medal in my disciplines. Pyeongchang was to gain experience." (mi.lapresse.ca, 01 Feb 2018; Athlete, 25 Apr 2017)
Impairment
She was born with a congenital femoral deficiency in her right leg, which is 50% shorter than the left (lapresse.ca, 18 Jan 2019; Athlete, 12 Jul 2016)
Other information
LATE FATHER DEDICATION
She dedicated the silver medal she won in the standing slalom event at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy to her late father, who died less than two months before. "I'm obviously very sad he is not here, but I feel in a way that this medal is for him and I'm very proud of what I did. He was very close to me and he would do everything for me. He would get up at 2am in the morning just to see my first run. Skiing connects me to my dad, so when I'm skiing, I'm with him. I'm thinking a lot of about him and I do miss him a lot, but at the same time I feel happy to be here and just skiing for him and with him." (paralympic.org, 24 Jan 2019, 28 Jan 2019)

LEG SWITCH
She initially competed in Paralympic sports on both legs before the crash that broke her leg in late 2013. She then had to adapt to skiing on one leg. "The transition went smoothly, and I don't regret it. Of course it was hard at first, but I got used to it quickly." (lereflet.qc.ca, 16 Jan 2018; mi.lapresse.ca, 01 Feb 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Final 2018-03-10 9999
Women's Super-G Standing Final 2018-03-11 9999
Women's Super Combined Standing Final 2018-03-13 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 9
Women's Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-18 9999
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-22 9999
Women's Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-24 2
Women's Downhill Standing Race 1 2019-01-30 4
Women's Super-G Standing Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 3
Women's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2019-01-31 3