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Frederique Turgeon

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Leg length difference
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW2

Further personal information

Residence
Candiac, QC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
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. Her first experience of skiing came at ten months old, when her father strapped her to his back. "I heard I laughed all the way down the hill."
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 Bromont: Canada
Name of coach
Jean-Sebastien Labrie [national], CAN
Training Regime
She trains with the national team at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific campus in Whistler, BC, Canada.

International debut

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

General interest

Nicknames
Fred, Frede, Blondie (Athlete, 25 Apr 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her father, and Canadian Para alpine skier Alexis Guimond. (Athlete, 25 Apr 2017)
Hero / Idol
Her mother, and French Para alpine skier Marie Bochet. (iris.ca, 01 Mar 2018; Athlete, 25 Apr 2017)
Injuries
She has sustained concussions in January 2020 and March 2016. (lapresse.ca, 24 Nov 2021; Athlete, 12 Jul 2016)

She missed a month of training in early 2019 due to an aggravated ankle injury. (paralympic.org, 15 Mar 2019)

She broke her right leg in December 2013. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2016; paralympic.ca, 30 Nov 2020)
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
"You have to believe that you're the best out there to become the best." (paralympic.org, 10 Jul 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she was a recipient of the Chene d'Or [Golden Oak] Exceptional Citizen Award from the municipality of Candiac, QC, Canada. (candiac.ca, 2021)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (mi.lapresse.ca, 01 Feb 2018)
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 02:00 just to see my first run. Skiing connects me to my dad, so when I'm skiing, I'm with him. I think about him a lot 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 Para sports on both legs before the crash that broke her right leg in late 2013. She then had to adapt to skiing on her left leg for the 2014/15 season and was encouraged to continue in the sport by US Para alpine skier Thomas Walsh. "It was a huge adjustment because you're used to skiing on two legs and then someone just goes, 'Oh, ski on one leg'. You think your legs are strong until you ski on one leg and then you're doing four turns and you have to stop because it's really tiring. I was going to quit but he [Walsh] kind of convinced me not to without knowing he was doing that. That year he won a World Cup and I was like, 'It looks awesome. I kind of want to do it', and the more I talked to him, the more he convinced me to continue and push myself to achieve that and I'm thankful about this.” (paralympic.org, 10 Jul 2020; 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