Growing up in a small village called Lac-Etchemin in Québec, the French speaking province of Canada, Marie-Michèle (aka Mitch) split her time between alpine ski racing, figure skating, cross country running, and triathlon events. She developed a special love for skiing early on. Marie-Michèle loved going as fast as she could down the icy slopes of Mont-Orignal, her home ski club. It should come as no surprise that her mantra is: “If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” When she was 12 years old, she moved away from the comfort of her big family (5 kids!) to pursue her dreams.
Marie-Michèle joined the Canadian Alpine Ski Team in 2008 and found success as one of the few all-around skiers on the World Cup circuit. Some of her career highlights thus far include two World Cup victories in Alpine Combined in Altenmarkt, Austria and Soldeu, Andorra; two more podiums in Slalom in Are, Sweden and Crans Montana, Switzerland; and top 10 finishes over 50 times in 5 different disciplines. She is a two-time Olympian and has 13 Canadian National Champion titles, as well. Marie-Michèle lives in Lake Tahoe, CA with her boyfriend Travis Ganong, also a CLIF athlete—and yes, their last names are very similar. Living in Tahoe, she is able to enjoy the outdoors like never before. When Marie-Michele is not out training or competing you can find her mountain biking, paddle boarding, or ski touring in the spring. She also started her own ski fitness website called Alpine Strength, designed to help skiers get fit and avoid injuries.
Getting my first World Cup victory in 2014. It has always been a big dream of mine to stand on top of the podium on the World Stage! Plus, the result made history in Canada, making me the first Canadian to ever win an Alpine Combined. (Whoop whoop!!)
In My Bag:
Ski boots, helmet, goggles (2 pairs), speed suit, protection back brace and arm pads, neck warmer, CLIF water bottles, sunscreen, chapstick, extra layers for cold, extra lenses, CLIF bar, CLIF shot BLOKS, and this little angel doll I got from my physio for protection.