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.
|November 15-23||On snow camp, Panorama, B.C.|
|December 8-18||NorAm Races: Breckenridge & Winter Park, CO|
|January 4-23||World Cup Races: Austria & Italy|
|February 7-11||On snow camp, Panorama, B.C.|
|February 25 - March 5||World Cup Finals, Aspen, CO. (Colorado)|
|March 6-22||2010 Paralympic Winter Games|
|March 13: Downhill|
|March 14: Super-G|
|March 16: Super Combined|
|March 18: Giant Slalom|
|March 20: Slalom|
|March 23-27||National Championships & NorAms, Mount Washington, B.C.|