Mac Marcoux, para-alpine skiing

Mac Marcoux races in the visually impaired category and is one of the youngest competitors on the circuit. (Courtesy Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Mac Marcoux burst onto the IPC World Cup scene in 2013 when, at just 15 years old, he scored three World Cup podium finishes, earned a silver medal in giant slalom at the world championships in La Molina, Spain, and became the national slalom and giant slalom champion.

Marcoux races in the visually impaired category as one of the youngest competitors on the IPC World Cup circuit and is guided by his older brother, Billy Joe Marcoux.

The close-knit brothers, from Sault-Ste Marie, Ont., used to go-cart race competitively until Mac lost his vision to a degenerative condition. Inspired by Canada’s McKeever brothers, the pair took their need for speed to the ski hill and haven’t looked back.

The duo had no previous experience skiing with radio communication or as a pair, but they learned together
and are quickly making their mark as one of the top medal-winners for Canada.

Marcoux is also a BMX bike enthusiast and spends his free time fishing, four-wheeling, or at the stock car track. Don’t tell his mom, but he sometimes mountain bikes in Whistler with a guide using the same radio communication techniques as on the ski hill.

(Courtesy Canadian Paralympic Committee)