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GOSSELIN Michaela
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Canada   
GenderWomen
Age21
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW6/8-1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Collingwood, ON, CAN
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first put on a pair of skis at age one, and was a member of the Osler Bluff Ski Club in The Blue Mountains, ON, Canada. "My parents put me into it, my dad was on the Canadian national team so skiing was always apart of my family." She took up Para alpine skiing at age 18.
Why this sport?
She competed in able-bodied skiing up to U16 level. After her diagnosis she opted to focus on coaching and other sports, before deciding to return to competition in Para alpine skiing. "When I first heard I had cancer, one of the first things people said to me was, 'You should join the Para team'. I'm like, 'What? I'm not even disabled yet!' Para is a very different atmosphere than able-bodied. Everyone seems to know each other more. It's a happy environment."
Club / Team
Osler Bluff Ski Club: The Blue Mountains, ON, CAN
Name of coach
Jean-Sebastien Labrie [national], CAN; Katie Spittlehouse [national], CAN
Training Regime
She trains with the national team at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific campus in Whistler, BC, Canada.
General Interest
Hobbies
Hiking, mountain biking, social media. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in standing slalom at the 2021 World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway. (bradfordtoday.ca, 01 Mar 2022)
Injuries
In 2016 she sustained a broken collarbone, a dislocated shoulder and a concussion while playing football. The injuries obliged her to undergo two surgeries and took her eight months to recover. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She smiles at the start of her race. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There are not a lot of sports where you can be in some of the most beautiful places in the world on a sunny, bluebird day, and you just get to ski around. For those good days, it's all worth it. It's one of the best feelings ever." (bradfordtoday.ca, 01 Mar 2022)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (bradfordtoday.ca, 01 Mar 2022)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with cancer at age 18 and needed a scapulectomy [limb salvage surgery] on her left shoulder. "The sudden change to my life was very overwhelming, and left me very uncertain about what my life would look like after treatment. I feel very fortunate to have survived cancer, although it has been far from easy to adapt to life without a shoulder." (bradfordtoday.ca, 01 Mar 2022; alpinecanada.org, 07 Feb 2020)
Other information
COACHING
She has earned ski coaching qualifications and spent two seasons as a coach at Osler Bluff Ski Club in The Blue Mountains, ON, Canada, before beginning to compete in Para alpine skiing. (alpinecanada.org, 31 Jan 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2022 Downhill - Standing 1:25.75
7 2022 Super-G - Standing 1:19.64
  2022 Super Combined - Standing  DSQ
6 2022 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:06.17
4 2022 Slalom - Standing 1:46.87
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2021/2022 Downhill - Standing 1:21.91
  2021/2022 Super-G - Standing  DNF
5 2021/2022 Super Combined - Standing 2:13.48
6 2021/2022 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:43.82
3 2021/2022 Slalom - Standing 1:40.49