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The Weather Network is proud to sponsor Canadian Para-Alpine athlete Viviane Forest.


January 28, 2009 — Our commitment will help Viviane achieve her Paralympic dreams by providing financial support throughout the competitive journey that should lead her to the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

As a member of the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS) Edmonton, Viviane completed only one year of competition on the Canadian and North American skiing circuit with the Para-Alpine Canadian Development Team before she was invited to join Team Canada in 2008 to compete on the World Cup circuit. Amazingly, Viviane had only limited experience skiing before she began competing.

Born in the Montreal suburb of Brossard, Viviane is an intense competitor and took up alpine racing because of its independence, freedom and adrenalin. With only 4% vision, Viviane is led down the slopes by her guide Lindsay Debou, an accomplished athlete in her own right, at speeds over 100 km/hr. Through the use of radio communication, Viviane follows Lindsay's instructions to navigate the ski hill.

This past year, Viviane garnered many medals for Canada. She won gold in Super-Combined at the 2009 World IPC Championships-High 1 in Korea, as well as four more silver medals. At the 2009 World Cup Finals in Whistler, Viviane took home two gold and two silver medals.

Viviane is a well rounded athlete. She has already won two Paralympic gold medals in the sport of Goalball. She competed in the 2004 games in Athens and the Sydney games in 2000. Viviane retired from Goalball in 2005.

Viviane’s Schedule

DateEvents
November 15-23On snow camp, Panorama, B.C.
December 8-18NorAm Races: Breckenridge & Winter Park, CO
January 4-23World Cup Races: Austria & Italy
February 7-11On snow camp, Panorama, B.C.
February 25 - March 5World Cup Finals, Aspen, CO. (Colorado)
March 6-222010 Paralympic Winter Games
March 13: Downhill
March 14: Super-G
March 16: Super Combined
March 18: Giant Slalom
March 20: Slalom
March 23-27National Championships & NorAms, Mount Washington, B.C.

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