Name: Valérie Grenier
Hometown: St-Isidore, Ontario
Age: 20 years old
Sport: Alpine skiing
Years in the sport: 18
How did you get started in your sport: My parents always loved skiing for fun. At the end of one winter, when I was 1.5 years old, they decided to let my try to ski with my brother’s equipment. After a couple runs, when it was time to go home, I started crying because I loved it so much and didn’t want to stop!
Goals for next season: Top 20s in every discipline!
Favourite athlete: Lindsey Vonn. I have always looked up to her. I am amazed with the way she handles things. Whenever something comes her way, like multiple injuries, she just fights to get back as quick as possible, and always does so on top!
If I was not an athlete, what would I be doing: I think I would be at University of Ottawa, studying business like my
older brother Francis, with plans to work at my parents’ company and one day, take over.
Hobbies: Waterskiing, mountain and road biking, tennis, hiking, reading.
Favourite band/artist: Selena Gomez
What a typical day of training looks like: Wake up, do a short warm-up, have breakfast, get ready, go skiing for 5 hours.
Have lunch, nap, do dryland, physio, video, dinner, relax and bedtime.
What would people be surprised to learn about me: I used to compete in waterskiing and was ranked 1st in the jumping
event, but had to quit around 16years old because it was getting too busy with alpine skiing.
Pre-competition rituals: I like listening to music that pumps me up and visualizing the course multiple times.
Favorite movie and tv series: Never Back Down. The OC, One Tree Hill, and Friends
Training fuel of choice: Eggs and coffee
Result I’m most proud of: 11th place in the combined at World Championships in St. Moritz
I would like to thank my parents, for being there for me every step of the way, coming to see me race and staying positive all the time. My sponsors, Egg Farmers of Ontario and Québec, so thankful to have their support! The whole team at Alpine Canada, who keep believing in me!
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