The Athlete of the Month is our way of acknowledging a BC-located athlete who has displayed outstanding performances in their sport and deserves recognition. Athletes chosen monthly to be the face of Canadian Sport Institute Pacific will receive a celebration feature on our website and a gift from 2XU.
Each athlete selected as Athlete of the Month receives a small token of congratulation sponsored by 2XU. CSI Pacific would like to thank 2XU for their generosity and support of the program.
Mac & Tristan we also featured on the September 2019 PodiumCast podcast! Find out even more about this amazing, medal-winning duo!
Mac Marcoux & Tristan Rodgers
MM: Jun 20, 1997 // TR: Nov 6, 1998
Place of Birth:
MM: Sault Ste. Marie, ON // TR: Montreal, QC
Jean-Sebastien Labrie / Will Marshall
Career Highlights (MM):
- Gold giant slalom in 2014 Sochi, Russia
- Gold in the downhill at world champs in Panorama, BC in 2015
- 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy
- Gold in the downhill at 2018 in PyeongChang
- My return to snow/ World Cup this season is also pretty high up there!
Career Highlights (TR):
- Veysonnaz WC Super G 3xgold
- Veysonnaz WC GS 2xgold
- Kranjska Gora WC GS 3xgold
Mac Marcoux burst onto the IPC World Cup scene in 2013, at 15-years-old. He scored three World Cup podium finishes and earned a silver medal at the World Championships in La Molina, SPA in 2013. Skiing in the visually impaired category, he became a three-time Paralympic medalist when he, guided by Robin Fémy, won gold in giant slalom and then bronze in the downhill and super-G events at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games. At the time of this outstanding success in Sochi, Marcoux was the youngest member of the Canadian Paralympic Team. In the 2015-16 season, Marcoux walked away with a Crystal Globe in the super G and downhill disciplines. Marcoux has continued to follow up his success and captured the downhill Crystal Globe in the 2016-17 season. The 2016-17 also included fresh challenges for Marcoux as he welcomed a new guide, Jack Leitch. Their strong partnership made for great success on the circuit. At the 2017 Para Alpine Skiing World Championships with his guide, Leitch, Marcoux won four of the five events (downhill, super-G, giant slalom and slalom). The duo also won silver in the super combined. At the 2018 Paralympic Games, Marcoux and Leitch won gold in downhill and bronze in giant slalom. In the 2017-18 season, he won the IPC Crystal Globe in super-G, downhill and the overall. He capped off the season as the Male Para-Alpine Athletes of the Year at the Audi 2018 Canadian Ski Racing Awards.
Tristan Rodgers and Marcoux started skiing together in the Spring of 2018. Marcoux was injured that November and spent the last year recovering. The duo started in the snow again November 2019 and are back in full force!
Mac and Tristan have been working together for just over a year but in that short period of time they have risen to the top of the field and in the last few month, and now dominate on the World Cup circus. Mac and Tristan also embody the spirit of sport with their always positive attitude and willingness to help out when needed.
- Born and raised in Ottawa
- Played hockey until age 13
- Started ski racing at Edelweiss at 14
- Currently studying mechanical engineering at the University of Ottawa
- Lover of mountains, riding bikes and getting up way too early to watch the sun rise
What does being an elite athlete mean to you?
To me being an elite athlete can mean a lot of things, being able to push yourself to work harder and everyone else in order to give yourself the best opportunity for success, taking care of all of the little things each day so that you can get the most out of each day of training. Having the ability to step away from your intense training and race schedule in order to keep from getting burnt out, being able to make sacrifices in order to achieve the goals you set for yourself. Knowing that every day isn’t going to be the best day ever and sometimes you are going to have to put your head down and embrace the grind!
What does winning 8 straight para-alpine world cups mean to you?
I couldn’t be more stoked on the past month of racing! Our expectations coming into those races were not very high but Tristan and I ended up spraining ourselves with how confident we were feeling in a race environment. Every race just kept building confidence and good momentum. It’s so exciting to see all of the hard work over the past year has paid off! We couldn’t have done it without all of the work put in by my physio’s, coaches, teammates, sponsors, and everyone who has supported us!
What do you think separates you from the competition?
I am not sure what really separates us from the competition. Everyone works so hard but I think our team is in a really good place and it makes it easy to progress when everyone is having fun training and pushing each other!
What about Tristan makes him a good fit for you as a guide compared to previously having your brother as your guide?
Tristan is awesome! I have been very fortunate with guides throughout my career! Between BJ, Rob, Jack and Tristan, everyone has been awesome to work with and for that I’m super lucky! Tristan is a very strong skier which-makes it easy for me to trust him on the mountain.
We are heading to Kimberly, BC this week for some speed race then will be heading to Whistler to spend a little bit of time in the gym before heading to Norway and Sweden in March to round off the World Cup season!
How do you feel about putting pineapple on pizza?
I was not a big fan for the longest time but the ham and pineapple with some banana peppers has become my go to!
What does it mean to be a guide?
It is definitely one of the most rewarding feelings in the world. Knowing that Mac couldn’t live this dream if it wasn’t for the guide, and the fact that I allow him to perform at his full potential is really cool. For me, being named Mac’s guide felt like I had won the lottery. It has allowed me to stay involved in the sport in a way that I never imagined possible.
What has been your favourite part about being a guide?
My favourite part about being a guide is the friendships that I have made so far. I have met so many amazing people who inspire me to be a better person and skier every day. I am so thankful for the opportunities this sport has provided me with and look forward to all that is to come.
What has been your least favourite?
Traveling is the most amazing thing and allows us to train in some of the most beautiful places in the world. That being said, I often get overwhelmed with all the travel and start to feel anxious. I’m definitely getting better at it though, maybe by 2022 I’ll get the hang of it!
What separates your and Mac’s bond from all the other skier/guides out there?
I think Mac and I have a really special bond because we both do this sport for the same reasons. We both love ski racing and there’s nothing in the world we’d rather be doing. I obviously think that will change one day but for now we both enjoy the sport so much and share a passion that pushes us to be better and faster than anyone else in the world.
What about Mac makes him an all-around incredible Elite athlete?
I think Mac has a really special ability to be extremely focused and dedicated when it matters, but also knows when to kick back and relax. Lots of athletes are always on the gas which makes the winter season really tiresome and difficult. I think this has allowed him to compete at the highest level for so long.
What’s next for you two?
We are now heading to Kimberley, BC for some training on snow before heading back to Whistler for some time off and training in the gym with our amazing strength coach at CSI Pacific. It’s a really nice way to break up the winter season while keeping our fitness up for our last World Cup races in Norway and Sweden in March.
How do you feel about putting pineapple on pizza?