Caroline Bisson, biathlon

Caroline Bisson, 39, took up cross-country skiing in 2008, a year before cancer forced the amputation of her left arm, shoulder and collarbone, as well as part of her chest. (Pam Doyle Photo/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Caroline Bisson has qualified in both biathlon and cross country skiing for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. At the 2013-14 season opening World Cup event in Canmore, Alta., she placed sixth in the middle distance cross-country skiing event and sixth in the three biathlon distances.

In 2009, Bisson was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer that required the amputation of her shoulder, collarbone, arm and a part of her chest. 

She has a degree in history and politics from the University of Ottawa (her hometown) and a journalism degree from Napier University. Bisson has also studied in France and Spain. She works as a senior strategic communications advisor with Elections Canada, a government agency. Previously she worked as a television, radio and newspaper journalist.

Bisson’s first para-nordic World cup experience was in January 2012, which set her on the path to high performance sport. She fell in love with biathlon when introduced to it in January 2012 for the difficulty and variety of the challenge. As she puts it, “Biathlon requires one to be well rounded in both body and mind.”

Courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee