Marie-Michele Gagnon of Canada is one of the world’s rising young talents in the technical events and hopes to find herself in medal contention in Sochi. After finishing 21st in the giant slalom and 31st in the slalom in her Olympic debut in Vancouver, the 10-time Canadian national champion secured her first World Cup podium in 2012 when she finished third in slalom in Are, Sweden. At the 2013 World Championships, she finished eighth in giant slalom and 13th in slalom.
- 2013: National Championships – Gold (super-G, giant slalom, slalom)
- 2012: National Championships – Gold (slalom)
- 2011: National Championships – Gold (slalom, giant slalom, super-combined)
- 2010: National Championships – Gold (slalom, super-combined)
- 2009: National Championships – Gold (super-combined)
Things to know:
1. Gagnon got her nickname, Mitch, due to an abundance of other girls named Marie at her ski club. Her coach decided to shorten Michele to Mitch and the name stuck. While she may be known as Mitch in the ski world, her nickname at home among family is Mimi.
2. If Gagnon could build a World Cup event anywhere in the world, she said she would like to build a slalom course in the middle of downtown Quebec City. “It would be awesome to ice up one of the steep hills there and make it a sweet course,” she said.
3. Gagnon says that one of the skiers on the World Cup tour that she admires most is American teen sensation Mikaela Shiffrin. “She has broken records as the youngest skier ever to win an overall title, and she is a very nice, down-to-earth person,” Gagnon said.