Canada, Para Alpine Skiing
Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Mac Marcoux demonstrated athletic talent from a young age. Mac learned to ski at age 4 and enjoyed go-cart racing in his early youth. At age 9, he started to lose his vision due to a juvenile form of macular degeneration called Stargardt disease. By age 10 he was legally blind, but this never stopped him from pushing on. Discovering the possibilities of para-sport and with inspiration from Canada’s McKeever brothers, Mac set his sights on downhill ski racing. Training at Searchmont Ski Resort with brother BJ as his guide, the two entered their first para-alpine event in Kimberly, British Columbia when Mac was just 13, capturing the attention of Alpine Canada. At the age of 15, Mac burst onto the International Paralympic Committee World Cup circuit earning three World Cup Podium finishes closing the season with a silver medal at the World Championships held in La Molina, Spain, with BJ as his guide.
At age 16, Mac took the slopes of Rosa Khutor by storm, competing in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games as the youngest member of the Canadian team. Mac went on to win Gold in giant slalom and Bronze in both downhill and super-G (visually impaired).
On winning Gold, Mac commented: “This is a dream come true … It is the best moment of my life. I can't even explain how amazing this is.”
After the victories, Mac and B.J. were inducted into the Sault Ste. Marie Walk of Fame, and Sports Hall of Fame. When asked whether he ever expected the honor, Mac said, “Not a chance, I wouldn’t have expected this for a million years.”
Mac has continued to achieve career success earning 8 World Championship Medals, 4 Crystal Globes and 34 World Cup Podiums to date. Already, Mac has been hailed as a favorite to dominate the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, where he will compete with new guide Jack Lietch.