Viviane Forest is a Paralympian winning Gold Medals in 2 Summer Paralympic Games (Athens 2004, Sydney 2000) in the sport of Goalball. She won a third Gold Medal, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver in Alpine Skiing (25% of Canada's medals).
She is a legally blind high performance alpine ski racer with 4% vision. Viviane and her sighted guide, are a dynamic team! Her guide skis approximately 4 metres in front, navigating Viviane safely through race gates speeding down ski slopes. They reach speeds up to 120km/hour. Viviane and her guide communicate via two way radio systems with voice commands.
In 2010 VIviane and Lindsay Debou won medals in all the races they ran at the 2010 Paralympic Games. As well they won the Crystal Globe for Slalom and placed second for the Overall Crystal Globe Title. In 2009 they were on the podium 20 of 23 times winning World Championships, World Cup Crystal Globes and European Cup Titles.
I began skiing at the age of 3 years old at Val-St-Côme, a small mountain in Lanaudière, Quebec. I have competitively ski raced for over 10 years, the last 3 years at the international level. Athletic and competitive, I had the chance to receive a scholarship in a ski academy, Green Mountain Valley School, which allowed me to learn English and pursue academics, as well as my passion, skiing.
I stopped ski racing in 2005 to complete in 2009 my bachelor degree in physical therapy at the University of Ottawa. I am lucky to have a job which allows me to keep practicing through out the year as well as giving the time off to guide Viviane. It is with excitement that I will discover my new role as a guide this year for the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski team!
Date of birth : January 8th, 1987
Ski Club : Val St-Côme
Residence : Gatineau, QC
Profession : Physiotherapist
Class : Guide
On team since : 2010