Ariane Lavigne grew up in the Laurentian mountain range, making it no surprise that her first winter sport was skiing. But as she was starting her cégep education she found that it was demanding too much of her time away from studying. Looking for a new challenge to pursue in the winter, she discovered snowboard. At first she didn’t think about competing, instead just enjoying the feeling of being free from poles. But with her skiing background she was a quick learner and a decade later finds herself making her Olympic debut.
Lavigne made the national team the year prior to Vancouver 2010 and although she was not named to the Olympic team, she got to experience the Games as a forerunner. She had her breakthrough season in 2010-11 when she won the overall Nor-Am Cup title and competed at her first FIS World Championships. Having made her World Cup debut in February 2009, Lavigne had another breakthrough in February 2013 when she earned her first World Cup podium, finishing third in the parallel giant slalom in the Olympic test event at Sochi. She ended her season with a fifth place finish in the PGS at La Molina.
World Cup Bronze Medallist (February 2012, PGS, Sochi)…
School: Graduated from the University of Montreal in 2007 with a degree in Nutrition… Works as part of a team of sport nutritionists in Quebec… Teammates will sometimes come to her for nutrition advice… Had intended to study physiotherapy, but nutrition allows her to continue her athletic career… Outside Interests: Enjoys sports such as cycling, kite surfing, yoga and tennis… Has kite surfed in places such as Maui and the Dominican Republic and often brings her kite to training camps… Odds and Ends: Attended Albertville 1992 as a spectator… Inspired by fellow Canadian snowboarders Dominique Maltais and Jasey-Jay Anderson for their determination and perseverance… Favourite motto: Go fast or go home!
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
FIS World Championships: 2013 – 24th (PSL), 38th (PGS); 2011 – 22nd (PSL), 25th (PGS)