After winning two gold medals in the Paralympics as a goalball athlete, Viviane Forest is headed for another paralympics, this time as a downhill skier! With only 4% of her vision, Viviane is able to ski at rapid speeds by following her guide, Lindsay Debou, who skis immediately in front of her. Even more incredible is the fact that the Quebec-born athlete had limited skiing experience until just two years ago.
Viviane began skiing with the Canadian Association of Disabled Skiers (CADS) in January 2007. By the following season, she was skiing competitively, using borrowed, ill-fitting gear. This did not seem to phase Forest, and she went on to win the 2008 slalom and giant slalom Canadian championships, earning her a place on the national team. This season she is skiing on the World Cup circuit, where already she has earned some gold and silver medal finishes. Following the competition in Korea in February 2009, she was ranked number one overall. At the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics, Viviane and Lindsay won five medals in five races, a feat managed by very few athletes. Their medal haul included: 1 gold, 3 silvers and 1 bronze. Amazing!
Given her incredible success, Viviane has been sponsored by the Weather Network. Click on the following link for more information about Viviane’s racing season and to see video footage of her in action! Weather Network -Viviane Forest
Also, click here to check out Viviane's website.