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MARCOUX Mac
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age25
Place of BirthSault Sainte Marie, CAN
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
B3
Guide
Tristan Rodgers
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sault Sainte Marie, ON, CAN
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age four with his family at the Buttermilk Mountain Resort in Goulais River, ON, Canada. He entered his first Para skiing event at age 13.
Why this sport?
His family liked skiing and after his vision deteriorated, he was informed about the opportunities in Para skiing by a representative from Alpine Canada. "I thought yeah, what the hell, let's give it a go. I started racing and never looked back."
Club / Team
Searchmont Ski Runners: Canada
Name of coach
Jean-Sebastien Labrie [national], CAN
Training Regime
He trains with the national team at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific campus in Whistler, BC, Canada.
General Interest
Hobbies
Mountain biking, snowmobiling. (BroadEye: An Ophthalmology Podcast, 29 Dec 2021)
Injuries
He was unable to compete through the rest of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing after crashing and sustaining a lower body injury during the Super-G event. Two days earlier he won silver in the downhill event. (paralympic.ca, 07 Mar 2022)

In September 2020 he underwent surgery to treat a knee injury he first sustained in 2015. He had competed at the 2015 World Championships in Panorama, BC, Canada, despite having a torn meniscus and a minor medial collateral ligament [MCL] injury in his knee. (paralympic.org, 29 May 2021, 08 Aug 2015)

He missed the 2018/19 season while he was recovering from a back injury [ruptured disc]. (torontosun.com, 25 Jan 2020; sootoday.com, 21 Jan 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You ain't trying hard enough if you're not making any mistakes." (cbc.ca, 07 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2021 he was the recipient of the John Semmelink Memorial Award. The prize is awarded annually to the snow sport athlete who best represents Canada through sportsmanship, conduct and ability. (paralympic.org, 29 May 2021; saultstar.com, 19 Apr 2021; alpinecanada.org, 16 Apr 2021)

He received the Male Para Alpine Skiing Athlete of the Year award at the 2016 and 2020 Canadian Ski Racing Awards. (cypressskiclub.com, 13 May 2020; paralympic.org, 18 Mar 2016)

He took part in the torch relay ahead of the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (paralympic.org, 08 Aug 2015)

In October 2014 he and his brother Billy Joe were inducted into the Sault Sainte Marie Sports Hall of Fame in Canada. (saultstar.com, 21 Oct 2014)

He received the Best [Paralympic Winter] Games Debut award at the 2014 Canadian Paralympic Sport Awards. (paralympic.org, 22 Sep 2014)
Milestones
At age 16 years and 261 days, he was the youngest athlete to represent Canada at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (SportsDeskOnline, 30 Nov 2021; NPC Media Guide, 2018)
Famous relatives
His older brother Billy Joe was his guide before retiring from the sport in 2016. (paralympic.org, 18 Oct 2016)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with Stargardt disease at age eight. In 2007 he was declared legally blind. "I was not diagnosed with my eye condition until I was eight years old. Up to that point I was seeing very well. I was in the school, I think it was grade three or four, and I just couldn't see the chalkboard. So my teacher had recommended that I should go and see an eye doctor." (BroadEye: An Ophthalmology Podcast, 29 Dec 2021; saultstar.com, 29 Jan 2013)
Other information
DOCUMENTARY
He featured in the short documentary film 'Blind Faith', which followed his participation at a freeskiing challenge in Whistler, BC, Canada. The challenge saw him become the first visually impaired athlete to complete three of the freeski lines at the Whistler Blackcomb resort. "I want to show people that even though it hasn't really been done before, if it's something you're passionate about, there's always a way to get it done." (paralympic.org, 29 May 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:23.02
3 2014 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:20.77 
  2014 Slalom - Visually Impaired DNF
  2014 Super Combined - Visually Impaired DNF
1 2014 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:29.62 
1 2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:23.93
  2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired  DNF
  2018 Super Combined - Visually Impaired  DNF
3 2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:17.51
4 2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:38.39
2 2022 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:13.81
  2022 Super-G - Visually Impaired  DNF
  2022 Super Combined - Visually Impaired  DNS
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
11 2012/2013 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:31.94
8 2012/2013 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:14.68
  2012/2013 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DSQ
5 2012/2013 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:47.96
2 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:13.59
1 2014/2015 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:29.68
2 2014/2015 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:24.04
1 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:10.98
1 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:04.22
2 2016/2017 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:51.97
1 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:09.92
1 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:23.79
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
  2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
2 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:44.26
5 2015/2016 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:21.53
2 2015/2016 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:12.78
2 2015/2016 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:12.81
1 2015/2016 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:19.36
1 2015/2016 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:21.99
1 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:26.53
2 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:33.23
  2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired  DNF
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
4 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:38.74
World Cup
Rank Year Event Result
8 2012/2013 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
6 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
6 2013/2014 Downhill - Visually Impaired  
9 2013/2014 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
7 2013/2014 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
7 2013/2014 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
2 2014/2015 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
4 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
1 2014/2015 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
1 2015/2016 Downhill - Visually Impaired  
8 2015/2016 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
9 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
1 2015/2016 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
1 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired  
6 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
7 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
5 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
1 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:03.79
  2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
  2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
1 2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:43.45
2 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:44.05
2 2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:31.88
1 2017/2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:14.22
1 2017/2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:14.10
1 2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:18.36
1 2017/2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired  
4 2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
6 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
1 2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
1 2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:18.99
1 2019/2020 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:03.47
1 2019/2020 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:04.91
1 2019/2020 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:03.76
1 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:53.50
1 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:49.46
1 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:50.68
1 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:53.08
1 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:56.00
1 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
2 2019/2020 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
Kranjska Gora
Rank Year Event Result
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DSQ
Kühtai
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:49.19
1 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:06.88
5 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:05.79
St. Moritz
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:42.38
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNS
  2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNS
Innerkrems
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 45.34
1 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:06.31
3 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:14.94
  2016/2017 Super Combined - Visually Impaired  DNF