Mac Marcoux heads in to the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games as the international favorite in all the Para alpine skiing events for men with a visual impairment.
At the 2017 Para Alpine Skiing World Championships with his guide Jack Leitch, Marcoux won four of the five events (downhill, Super G, giant slalom and slalom). The duo also won silver in the super combined. When the 2018 Paralympic Games get underway in PyeongChang, South Korea, Marcoux will still be only 20 years old.
In March 2017, Marcoux and Leitch raced the Para alpine World Cup Final, the test event on the course that will be used for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, in South Korea. >They took gold in the downhill, silver in the Super G and fourth in the slalom. They were crowned the World Cup downhill season champions.
Marcoux established himself as one of the brightest young stars in Para alpine skiing at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games. At age 16 (the youngest member of the team), he and his guide at that time, Robin Fémy, raced to a gold in the giant slalom and bronzes in both the downhill and Super G.
>It was in 2013 when Marcoux first burst onto the World Cup circuit when, at just 15, he scored three World Cup podium finishes. He also won a silver medal at the 2013 IPC world championships in the giant slalom in La Molina, Spain. Two years later at the 2015 IPC world championships in Panorama, B.C., he won a gold (downhill) and a silver (super G) despite a knee injury.
Marcoux originally skied with his older brother, Billy Joe, as his guide, but Billy Joe suffered a back injury just prior to the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, so Robin Fémy stepped in to guide Mac in Sochi. After a strong comeback in 2015, Billy Joe retired as Mac’s guide in 2016.
The close-knit brothers used to go-cart race competitively until Marcoux lost his vision due to a degenerative condition at age nine. Inspired by Canada’s Para Nordic skiing McKeever brothers, Brian and Robin, the pair took their need for speed to the ski hill. The duo had no previous experience skiing with radio communication or as a pair, but they mastered the technology and the slopes to quickly make their mark as medal producers for Canada.