Photo credits : Canadian Olympic Committee / Photo courtesy of Sébastien Beaulieu / Radio-Canada
Sport: Snowboard – Parallel Giant Slalom
Olympic Games: Beijing 2022
Hometown: Quebec City, Quebec
Q. What does it mean to you to participate to the Olympic Games?
A. “It’s a lifelong dream! This dream was my goal when I started snowboarding at the age of seven and to finally make it, after all the challenges I overcame, it’s just incredible! The olympic qualification process has been very complicated and emotional.”
Q. What motivates you to train everyday?
A. “What really motivates me is to achieve my goals. I am a very stubborn person [Laugher]. I love my sport deeply, it’s my passion. So it’s easy for me to find the motivation to continue.”
Q. How do you manage stress of competition?
A. “I’m a pretty chill person. When I’m stressed, I pratice breathing exercises and that helps a lot. I know what works for me to prepare myself psychologically and physically.”
Q. What activity do you do to relax and take your mind off things?
A. “I’m passionnate about mountain bike. I practice this activity four to five times a week during summer and in the winter, I ride a Fat Bike.”
Q. How do you react to victory and defeat?
A. “I tend to be very hard on myself when I lose. I’ve gotten much better at this over the years. It was very painful for me personally, but also for my family and friends. Fortunately, today I deal with defeat much better. As for victory, I’m very proud of myself, of course! Since our schedule is very busy, unfortunately I do not often have time to do something special for the wins.”
Q. What do you love about your sport?
A. “This amazing feeling we get on the snowboard. There’s nothing like a great turn two inches above the snow!”
Q. Tell us about a difficult time in your career and how you overcame it?
A. “In 2018, when I got the news that I didn’t qualify for the Olympics by one position, I was crushed. Twenty-four hours later, I had to compete at the World Cup. It was very difficult. I needed a sign to continue the road for another Olympic cycle. At this World Cup, I really pushed my limits. I finally finished in 7th place, by far my best result in my career! Without this result, I probably would not have continued for another four-year cycle. The years 2014-2015 were also a real roller coaster. One thing is for sure, I never gave up!”
Q. What advice would you give to the next generation?
A. “No matter what field you choose, do what you are passionate about.