An emerging star on the international scene, Marie-Michèle Gagnon earned her first World Cup victory in January 2014 when she finished first in the super combined in Altenmarkt, Austria. It was the first victory by a Canadian in a combined race since 1984. Gagnon’s first career World Cup podium finish had been in March 2012 when she placed third in the slalom in Are, Sweden. She ended the 2011-12 season ranked 10th in the FIS World Cup slalom standings.
During the 2012-13 season, Gagnon finished in the top 10 at six World Cup events, the highlight of which was a fourth place in the slalom at Ofterschwang in March. She also posted career-best world championship results, finishing eighth in the giant slalom and 13th in the slalom.
Gagnon made her World Cup debut in December 2008. Since then she has won 10 Canadian titles across the events of slalom, giant slalom, super-G and super combined.
10-Time Canadian Champion… World Cup Gold Medallist (super combined)… World Cup Bronze Medallist (slalom)… 8th at the 2013 FIS World Championships (giant slalom)…
Getting Into Sport: Was first on skis at age two… Began competing at age seven… Outside Interests: Loves outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking, powder skiing, adventure trips and tennis… Also enjoys cooking, photography and a good book… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Mitch… While growing up her idol was Mélanie Turgeon and she had a signed poster over her bed… Hosts a charity golf tournament to raise funds for athletes in her hometown… Good luck charm is a guardian angel necklace given by her grandmother after she broke her leg in 2007… Collects old style posters of ski areas… Favourite motto: Don’t do it until you get it. Do it until you cannot miss it…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
FIS World Championships: 2013 – 13th (SL), 8th (GS); 2011 – DNF (SL), 23rd (GS), 22nd (SG), DNF (SC); 2009 – DNF (SL), DNF (GS)