Manuel Osborne-Paradis achieved one of the biggest highlights of his career when he won super-G bronze at the 2017 FIS World Championships, sharing the podium with gold medallist teammate Erik Guay. It was the first two time Canadian men had been on the same podium at the alpine worlds. Osborne-Paradis is one of the founders and creators of the Canadian Cowboys, the name given to the members of the Canadian men’s alpine ski team who have won a World Cup, world championship or Olympic medal. The name really garnered buzz during the 2006-07 season when the men won 12 World Cup medals along with one at the 2007 World Championships. Osborne-Paradis contributed two of those podium finishes, including his first-ever World Cup medal, silver in the downhill at Lake Louise.
Having made his Olympic debut at Turin 2006, Osborne-Paradis entered his second Games at Vancouver 2010 with great hopes for a podium finish. During the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, he had won six World Cup medals, including three gold. He was also at home on the familiar mountains in Whistler. But an Olympic medal was not to be, as he hit some bumps in the downhill and then fell in the super-G. After an ACL injury and broken fibula during a crash at a World Cup downhill in January 2011, Osborne-Paradis did not compete again until November 2012. His goals for 2012-13 were to rebuild his confidence and get back in the top 30. He succeeded in that regard, posting top-20 results in both the downhill and super-G at the 2013 World Championships. He also recorded three top-10 results on the World Cup, including a fourth-place finish in the downhill at Kvitfjell, the same place he had earned his first World Cup victory. Osborne-Paradis returned to the World Cup podium with a silver in the Lake Louise downhill in November 2014, ending a more than four-year drought. He earned his 11th career World Cup podium in March 2015 with a second-place finish in the Kvitfjell downhill.
A little more about Manuel…
Getting into the Sport: Started skiing at age three… At 15 he moved from Vancouver to Invermere, BC to ski with the B.C. provincial team… Outside Interests: In 2006 he created the “Get Up and Go” bursary awarded annually to hardworking young ski racers in BC… In the spring of 2008, along with teammate Mike Janyk, he turned it into a four-day all expenses paid ski camp for up-and-coming young ski racers from across Canada who would not otherwise be able to afford off-season skiing, particularly with coaching from elite international competitors… Enjoys woodworking, surfing, playing golf, and mountain biking… Odds and Ends: Has collected more than 50 helmets from his fellow skiers, with the criteria that they have to have a World Cup podium… Favourite motto: No one cares what you do tomorrow, what are you going to do today…
|2006 Turin||Skiing - Alpine||Combined - Men||DNS|
|2006 Turin||Skiing - Alpine||Downhill - Men||13|
|2006 Turin||Skiing - Alpine||Super-G - Men||20|
|2010 Vancouver||Skiing - Alpine||Downhill - Men||17|
|2010 Vancouver||Skiing - Alpine||Super-G - Men||DNF|
|2014 Sochi||Skiing - Alpine||Downhill - Men||25|
|2014 Sochi||Skiing - Alpine||Super-G - Men||24|
Notable International Results
Olympic Winter Games: 2014 – 25th (DH), 24th (SG); 2010 – 17th (DH), DNF (SG); 2006 – 13th (DH), 20th (SG)
FIS World Championships: 2017 – BRONZE (SG), 31st (DH); 2015 - 21ST (DH), DNF (SG); 2013 – 18th (DH), 16th (SG); 2009 – DNF (DH), DNF (SG); 2007 – 9th (DH); 2005 – 19th (DH), 17th (CO)