At Sochi 2014 Philippe Marquis will be the second member of his family to compete at the Olympic Winter Games, following in the footsteps of his older brother Vincent. At Vancouver 2010, where the younger Marquis was a forerunner, Vincent just missed the moguls’ podium with a fourth place finish.
Marquis was named FIS World Cup rookie of the year for moguls in 2008-09. Since then, he has had to come back from two shoulder surgeries in two years. His 2010-11 season came to an early end when he had his left shoulder operated on in December. In the spring of 2012 he underwent a second surgery on the same shoulder. Before that second surgery, however, he had established himself amongst the world’s elite, earning his first World Cup podiums and World Cup victory to finish fourth in the overall moguls standings.
Marquis added to his World Cup resumé in 2012-13, when he captured the bronze medal at the Sochi test event, sharing the podium with fellow Canadian Mikaël Kingsbury. He was also one of four Canadians ranked in the top seven in the World Cup moguls standings.
Five-time World Cup medallist…
Getting into the Sport: Started skiing at age seven, following his big brother into freestyle… Had his Olympic dream first sparked by Jean-Luc Brassard’s gold medal performance at Lillehammer 1994… Odds and Ends: Enjoys hockey, surfing, cycling… Studying administration at TELUQ through distance education… Affiliated with Opération Enfant-Soleil and Fondation Les Amis de Samuel… Has a pair of lucky boxers that he wears for competition… Always travels with a hockey stick… Favourite motto: Nothing is impossible! Just work harder than hard!
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
FIS World Championships: 2013 – 15th (moguls), 7th (dual moguls); 2009 – 23rd (moguls), 12th (dual moguls)