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a male Para skier

Mac Marcoux

Alpine Skiing
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Mac Marcoux took to the slopes in 2016-17 with a new guide, Jack Leitch, following the retirement of his brother and guide Billy Joe. But the Canadian did not stop winning.

He claimed his second Paralympic gold in the men’s super-combined vision impaired in PyeongChang, South Korea. He followed that up with bronze in the giant slalom.

Marcoux enjoyed a dominant season throughout, also sealing the Crystal Globe after ending first in the overall World Cup standings.

The previous season was also highly successful, with four gold medals won at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, across speed and technical events.

They were only challenged by Italian youngster Giacamo Bertagnolli and guide Fabrizio Casal, who left with the world title in the super-combined.

Marcoux also defended his downhill World Cup title with three wins.

He began skiing at the age of four and entered his first Para alpine skiing event at 13 after being talent spotted by Alpine Canada.

Just three years later, Marcoux took the slopes of the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort by storm, winning gold in the giant slalom with guide Robin Femy on his Paralympic debut at Sochi 2014. He also picked up two bronze medals in the downhill and super-G.

His excellent debut was even more impressive given that just weeks before Sochi, Marcoux's original guide and brother Billy Joe had to pull out of the Games with a back injury.

The pair were reunited at the 2015 World Championships on home soil in Panorama and won their first gold medal together. Sadly, they had to withdraw from the competition after Marcoux suffered an injury.

Their 2014-15 season was nonetheless crowned with an overall World Cup win. The brothers went on to finish third in the overall World Cup standings in 2015-16, as well as winning the super-G and downhill globes.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
B3
Guide
Tristan Rodgers

Further personal information

Residence
Sault Sainte Marie, ON, CAN
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age four with his family at the Buttermilk Mountain Resort in Goulais River, ON, Canada. He entered his first Para skiing event at age 13.
Why this sport?
His family liked skiing and after his vision deteriorated, he was informed about the opportunities in Para skiing by a representative from Alpine Canada. "I thought yeah, what the hell, let's give it a go. I started racing and never looked back."
Club / Team
Searchmont Ski Runners: Canada
Name of coach
Jean-Sebastien Labrie [national], CAN
Training Regime
He trains with the national team at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific campus in Whistler, BC, Canada.

General interest

Hobbies
Mountain biking, snowmobiling. (BroadEye: An Ophthalmology Podcast, 29 Dec 2021)
Injuries
He was unable to compete through the rest of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing after crashing and sustaining a lower body injury during the Super-G event. Two days earlier he won silver in the downhill event. (paralympic.ca, 07 Mar 2022)

In September 2020 he underwent surgery to treat a knee injury he first sustained in 2015. He had competed at the 2015 World Championships in Panorama, BC, Canada, despite having a torn meniscus and a minor medial collateral ligament [MCL] injury in his knee. (paralympic.org, 29 May 2021, 08 Aug 2015)

He missed the 2018/19 season while he was recovering from a back injury [ruptured disc]. (torontosun.com, 25 Jan 2020; sootoday.com, 21 Jan 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You ain't trying hard enough if you're not making any mistakes." (cbc.ca, 07 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2021 he was the recipient of the John Semmelink Memorial Award. The prize is awarded annually to the snow sport athlete who best represents Canada through sportsmanship, conduct and ability. (paralympic.org, 29 May 2021; saultstar.com, 19 Apr 2021; alpinecanada.org, 16 Apr 2021)

He received the Male Para Alpine Skiing Athlete of the Year award at the 2016 and 2020 Canadian Ski Racing Awards. (cypressskiclub.com, 13 May 2020; paralympic.org, 18 Mar 2016)

He took part in the torch relay ahead of the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (paralympic.org, 08 Aug 2015)

In October 2014 he and his brother Billy Joe were inducted into the Sault Sainte Marie Sports Hall of Fame in Canada. (saultstar.com, 21 Oct 2014)

He received the Best [Paralympic Winter] Games Debut award at the 2014 Canadian Paralympic Sport Awards. (paralympic.org, 22 Sep 2014)
Milestones
At age 16 years and 261 days, he was the youngest athlete to represent Canada at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (SportsDeskOnline, 30 Nov 2021; NPC Media Guide, 2018)
Famous relatives
His older brother Billy Joe was his guide before retiring from the sport in 2016. (paralympic.org, 18 Oct 2016)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with Stargardt disease at age eight. In 2007 he was declared legally blind. "I was not diagnosed with my eye condition until I was eight years old. Up to that point I was seeing very well. I was in the school, I think it was grade three or four, and I just couldn't see the chalkboard. So my teacher had recommended that I should go and see an eye doctor." (BroadEye: An Ophthalmology Podcast, 29 Dec 2021; saultstar.com, 29 Jan 2013)
Other information
DOCUMENTARY
He featured in the short documentary film 'Blind Faith', which followed his participation at a freeskiing challenge in Whistler, BC, Canada. The challenge saw him become the first visually impaired athlete to complete three of the freeski lines at the Whistler Blackcomb resort. "I want to show people that even though it hasn't really been done before, if it's something you're passionate about, there's always a way to get it done." (paralympic.org, 29 May 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill VI Race 1 2013-02-20 11
Men's Super-G VI Race 1 2013-02-21 8
Men's Slalom VI Race 1 2013-02-24 9999
Men's Super-Combined VI Race 1 2013-02-25 5
Men's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2013-02-26 2
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-08 3
Men's Super-G Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-09 3
Men's Slalom Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-13 9999
Men's Super Combined Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-14 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-15 1
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill VI Race 1 2015-03-04 1
Men's Super-G VI Race 1 2015-03-05 2
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill VI Race 1 2017-01-25 1
Men's Super-G VI Race 1 2017-01-26 1
Men's Super-Combined VI Race 1 2017-01-28 2
Men's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2017-01-30 1
Men's Slalom VI Race 1 2017-01-31 1
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-10 1
Men's Super-G Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-11 9999
Men's Super Combined Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-13 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-14 3
Men's Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-17 4