Quebec City, QC
Sébastien Fortier is headed to his third Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018.
Fortier grew up on the family farm in rural Quebec. While he enjoyed sports in school, he rarely had time to play because he was always busy with the family business. On September 13, 2003, at age 17, he was injured in an accident at a roof factory when 19 roof frames fell on his head. He severely injured his spinal cord and was left a paraplegic.
In May 2005, he underwent surgery to remove rods on his spine. The operation was unsuccessful, which resulted in recurring lower back pain and neuropathic pain.
In his first full season with Canada’s National Para-nordic Team, Fortier qualified for the Paralympic Games in Vancouver-Whistler in 2010. He was a member of Canada’s seventh place relay team. Just a year later he won three gold medals at the Canada Winter Games.