Magali Tisseyre : IRONMAN

With 14 IRONMAN 70.3 victories since 2009 and two World Championship podium finishes, we are very proud to support our Athlete Ambassador Magali Tisseyre! Triathlete champion and spokesperson for the Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Mont-Tremblant being held this weekend, we wanted to share her story with you. Here on the blog Magali tells us in her own words about her career path, her attachment to Tremblant and her other passions:

“I discovered the discipline of the triathlon quite late as an athlete. At 24, when I joined the Club at Laval University, I had very little experience with endurance sports. I grew up on the mountain and young I was always on the ski slopes. I also did some mountain biking, participating one summer in the Canada Cup at Tremblant. It was only at the end of my first year with the Laval University Club that I attended my first triathlon. It was an experience I will never forget. That same day I said to myself that I wanted to become a professional triathlete! It was a bit crazy, but I believed it!

With this new goal in mind, once I graduate, I moved to Western Canada. There, for the first time, I devoted myself to training full time. My career then took off pretty quickly. From the very beginning my wildest dreams started to come true: I reached the podium at the World Championships my first two years (2009, 2010).

I then went through a difficult phase. For over a year I suffered from a chronic injury and fought to stay in the sport. By the middle of the 2014 season, things returned to normal and I started competing again. This time with more motivation than ever!

The triathlon is a sport that has fascinated me for almost 10 years now. Through this discipline, I’ve seen success and experienced incredible emotions, but I also faced obstacles that I’ve had to overcome. These obstacles, even more than the successes, have helped me grow as a person. Today, I am ready for what the future holds and I want to push the limits of my dream:  to reach the top step of the podium at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships.

The Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Mont-Tremblant, my next race on the calendar, is for me a spectacular race! I am proud of our organization and our destination. This competition, in familiar territory, surrounded by family and athletes I’ve known for a long time, is one of the highlights of my season. Mont-Tremblant is where my inspiration comes from. It’s where I experienced sports for the first time and it’s where my dreams were born!

Besides triathlons, I also like reading, watching movies and going to the beach with my boyfriend Eric. I also like to practice other sports, but I limit myself to more relaxing activities since I am often very tired… haha! We also started doing video projects between training sessions. We travel a lot for the triathlons but our focus is more on the race than on the destination. We dream of going on adventures for a few days at a time and see the new places they lead us. Later in the season we plan on taking a trip from California to Whistler! THE ADVENTURES are what interest me! 😉 ”

 

VIDEO – Magali Tisseyre preps for the Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Mont-Tremblant:

 


 

 

Come cheer on our very own Magali Tisseyre and all the IRONMAN this Sunday!

Q&A with Felix Burke

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We met with mountain bike champion Felix Burke this week. Since he’s been an official Tremblant Athlete Ambassador for only one year, and also an emerging athlete, we wanted to get to know him better. Felix was just coming out of a workout, still dressed in his bike suit and wearing his clip shoes. The athlete sat down with us and we had a nice chat about his introduction into this sport, his career so far, and his upcoming  projects.

Tremblant: We see that you’re just finishing a workout! The season is already underway?

Felix: Yes! I was quite anxious to get my bike out! I’m waiting for the mountain trails to be ready and I am now training on my road bike. To avoid damaging the trails in the forest, it’s important to wait until they are thawed and firm; otherwise you risk damaging them for the season.

T: Once the mountain bike season has started, do you still road bike?

F: Road biking is a great way to train for mountain biking. I am skilled enough in the climbs, but I have to practice maintaining my pace and my energy on long, flat distances. The roads in the Mont-Tremblant area are ideal for that!

T: You seem to be truly passionate about your sport! Has it always been the case?

F: I’ve always been attracted by mountain biking, but I really discovered the sport when my family moved out West. We lived for a few years in Whistler, where mountain biking is an integral part of life. Everyone does it! I spent a lot of time exploring the trails in the area with my friends, and also going out just for the fun of it. I then began to develop a taste for the sport and the mountain bike culture in general.

T: How did you get the idea of competing?

F: It was a natural progression! There are races almost every week in Whistler, and I began to register as a novice, with my father. From race to race I progressed and joined a different pack every time! At the end of my first summer, I was in the top ranks in my category. During winter 2011-2012, I had the Junior Cup in my head and I started to train more intensely. My training was a bit all over the place! I lifted the heaviest stuff I found in the gym, etc. Still, the following summer, I participated in tryouts for the British Columbia Team and was considered among national-level athletes. When we returned to Quebec, I started to take my sport more seriously; I found myself a great coach and my training became more adapted and structured.

T: You must have seen a big difference in the level of training?

F: Let’s say that one of the biggest differences is that, when it was just me, if I did not want to get out, I’d skipped a day. With a coach, even when you don’t feel like it, you go out and just do it! This is a great motivation. I also used to train in a very general manner in the gym but now I mainly focus on the bike and do stability exercises.

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T: So when can you say your athletic career began?

F: My athletic career really began in summer 2013. I was my first participation in the Canada Cup and I finished in 2nd place. Two weeks later I won the second Canada Cup. That summer went so well! I came in second at the Nationals, I was selected to join the National Team, and came in 10th position at the Mont Sainte-Anne World Cup. I finished 25th at the World championships and this allowed me to go up to Tier 2 in the National Team.

T: Your first season was almost perfect! The pressure must have been higher the following summer?

F: Indeed, and because I was in Tier 2, I put a lot of pressure on myself. I progressed very quickly during my first season, probably too quickly. I was also not prepared enough for the other aspects of competitive cycling, such as the psychological factors. Although I was constant, my performances were not as good. During the summer of 2014, I discovered the psychological side of the sport and I got to know myself as an athlete. My biggest lesson was realizing the importance of a healthy life balance. For a while I was a hermit and my life revolved 100% around biking! I understood that focusing on only one activity does not make me better; in fact, it had the opposite effect.

T: How did you adapt your life in consequence?

F: I started to diversify my schedule a little, spend time with family and friends, concentrate a little more on school… I believe I needed to live this stage in my professional career to find balance.

T: Do you have a specific goal for the 2015 season?

F: Ideally, I would like to bring together the learnings of my second season and the success of my first. This summer marks my first season as a professional cyclist and this brings extra challenges. The competition is at a higher level in U23 than in U19, but I am going for podiums at the Canada/Québec Mountain Bike Cup presented by VéloMotion in Tremblant and National Championships. I would also like to get in the top 30 with the Canadian Team at the World Championships in Andorra.

My other goal this summer is to strive for the success of my bike camp for youths. This is an exciting project for me!

 

We look forward to seeing and supporting our rising star in Tremblant this weekend for the  Canada/Québec Mountain Bike Cup! Good luck Félix! 

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Season in review – our Athlete Ambassadors

We are very proud of all our Tremblant Athlete Ambassadors! This week they shared with us the highlights of their competitive 2014-15 winter season.

Q&A with Erik Guay

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Erik Guay, who recently announced he would not pursue his downhill ski season because of a knee injury, joined us last week for tea and a chat. We took advantage of the athlete’s presence in his hometown to learn a little more about his current situation, his family life and more. We also included your questions, asked via Twitter and Facebook, to our conversation!

T- Now that you are at home, are you enjoying your winter in Tremblant?

E- For sure. I’m using this time to rest, but mostly to spend time with the family. We do a lot of snowshoeing and skating with the kids. My parents have an ice rink at home and the girls love to skate there. We also ski as a family, when classes are over.

You should know that I’m a bit hyperactive. I can’t do zilch with my day or else I get grumpy! Winter goes faster when you enjoy it, so I do outdoor activities as much as possible. I tried the fat bike recently and I really enjoyed it, it was a nice challenge! Now I’m back into stationary biking to strengthen up so I can do it more often.

T- How is it to live in a house full of girls?

E- It’s very princess and pink everywhere!

T- And how do you spend the summer?

E- In the summer, I mainly concentrate on road biking. Maybe I’ll even race an IRONMAN one day. I’m pretty good at running and cycling, but I’ll have to work on the swimming. Skier’s legs don’t really float! Otherwise, I enjoy the vicinity of Tremblant: Montagne Verte for trekking, Rivière Rouge for kayaking, etc.

In my other current projects, I am taking aircraft pilot solo classes. I would like to fly the family to our ice fishing camp in northern Quebec. The girls are impressed by ice fishing. For them, it’s like magic, the fish come out of nowhere!

Twitter Question by Lynn Lefebvre: At what age did you know you wanted to become a professional skier?

E- I started skiing at 18 months, but for a long time I was involved in tennis as much as in skiing. I only chose skiing at age 12 and it really got serious for me at around 15 or 16. At 18, I decided that I was aiming for the World Cup!

T- Do you want your daughters to follow in your footsteps?

E- I do not necessarily want my daughters to go into ski competition. I would like to discover something new with them, unless that is really what they prefer! For now, Logann (oldest at 6 years) already plays tennis and golf, does gymnastics and skiing, and even recently started ballet. She really wanted to wear a tutu! I don’t think it will last very long though; she doesn’t really adhere to the strict side of this discipline.

Logann is part of a private ski group with other girls. It’s more motivating for them and it creates a nice dynamic. It reminds me of the group that my father had created with my brother and I and our friends. Awesome times…

Facebook Question by Rene Bergeron: When do you think you can go back to competing?

E- If all goes well, I plan to be back to ski racing by the month of June. Starting off with a few weeks of training, probably to be held in Chile.

T- Chile vs Europe, which region do you prefer to ski?

E- Europe is the center of the ski world. The companies are all based there, so the equipment you need is at hand. The tinkering is easier since the pieces are readily available and often customized. When we go to Chile, we have to travel with about 60 pairs of skis to play with and test different basic grinds. There are bases for aggressive snow, colder snow, warmer snow, and then there are warm-up skis, training skis…

The snow conditions are similar in both regions, but in Chile a descent can take 1 minute 30 seconds versus Europe where it takes 40 to 45 seconds. Both regions have their advantages and disadvantages.

T- 60 pairs of ski! And what about the rest of your equipment?

E- Three pairs of boots. I have a primary pair of boots and others are for testing or in case of break. I like to try new helmets too. Before they were tested at speeds of 15km/h, now it’s 160km/h. Every year the manufacturers invent new technologies in protection and I like to get involved in product testing. A new feature, which we’re likely to see on the race circuit next year, is the neck airbag. The next step will probably be airbags for the knees.

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Facebook Question by Susie Sicotte: What superlative word would you use to describe the perfect run?

E- Confidence. The perfect descent does not exist, but the best descents are more fluid and full of confidence.

T- Have you ever been afraid of a descent?

E- No, I’ve never been afraid, but I already felt less assured. The only time I’ve been a little apprehensive is precisely when I lacked confidence, after a fall or a shutdown period.

T- After a season without competition, is it going to be difficult to regain confidence?

E- It will definitely take a few takes to get back in the saddle, but it will come back quick enough.

Facebook Question by Susie Sicotte: At what age professional riders are at their best?

E- The age at which one is best depends on the ski racing type. In the slalom races, the ones who excel are around 18 to 25. Right now, the best in the world is 24 years old. This course is quick to get good at and requires a lot of agility.

In downhill, the top players are usually aged between 32 and 36 years old. You have to know the course well and experience is a big advantage. With age, we tend to take more chances and you’ll find that the winners are those who take risks.

Super-G is like an in-between.

T- Do you have any advice for young people who want to follow in your footsteps?

E- Don’t get too comfortable. Try to surround yourself with athletes who will push you to perform: better skiers, skiers with more experience… If you’re constantly in the top of your class then there is no more motivation to progress.

Twitter question by Daniel St Pierre via @MontTremblant : What mental tips would you give to snap out of a bad day when it feels like you’re on someone else’s skis?

E- Every day is a learning opportunity. Learn from the negative experience and use it!

T- Finally, one last question from us! What is your favorite run at Tremblant?

E- It’s clear that I love the Erik Guay run! But my favorite slope is the Jasey-Jay Anderson. This run is a little calmer and I like the terrain changes. I often practice there.

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Big thanks to Erik Guay for taking the time to sit with us for this interview.

Looking forward to seeing you back in action!

Get to know our new Athlete Ambassadors

Each year new sport talents emerge onto the international stage and we are so proud to support and recognize our homegrown champions by giving them the title of Athlete Ambassadors.

“These internationally renowned athletes, who come mostly from the region, are models of perseverance, discipline and passion. They reflect the values conveyed by Station Mont Tremblant. This union goes beyond skills and perfectly illustrates the feeling of belonging of those athletes to the mountain and the pride of the entire community for their success.” Patrice Malo, Mont Tremblant resort’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

This season, five new athletes have joined the Tremblant family as Athlete Ambassadors. To get to know them a bit better (and know who to ask for autographs!) here are mini bios for each one:

 

Valérie Grenier ValerieGrenier-Face

Sport: Alpine skiing (slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill, super combined)

Age: 18

Level: “My parents taught me to ski when I was 2 years old and I loved it from the start. So I joined the Tremblant team at a young age and started competing when I was around 7. When I progressed to K2 (U16), I went on the EDLS team (Équipe de la Division Laurentienne de Ski). After my first year in FIS, I continued on to the Quebec Team and joined the National Development Team the following year.”

Career objectives: Win more Nor-Am Cups, finish in the top 30 at the next World Cup, and participate in lots of Olympic Games. Most of all win an Olympic medal!

Favorite Tremblant run: “The Flying mile run, because it is steep and fun to ski!”

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Sport: Alpine snowboarding (parallel giant slalom and parallel slalom)

Age: 36

Level: From the age of 6, skiing was already her passion! It is only at the age of 16 that she discovers snowboarding. After a few years of training with friend and coach Patrick Gaudet, Caroline starts competing at snowboard events and qualifies for the National Snowboard Team in 2006. She earns 8 podium finishes on the World Cup circuit and 7 first places in National Championships. In 2011, Caroline makes history by becoming the first Canadian woman to win a World Cup in alpine snowboarding. She participates in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver and finishes 6th at the 2014 Olympics Games in Sochi.

Career objectives: Once her athletic career is over, Caroline would like to work in the media industry. She would love to be a commentator for the Olympic Games and share the story of the athletes of tomorrow. Having studied in TV and radio animation, she hopes to work in communications in the coming years.

Favorite Tremblant run: “My favorite run is the Alpine (next to Beauvalon). I like it because it is hidden and often forgotten! Therefore, it remains beautiful and perfect until closing. It’s got a nice vertical drop without being too steep or too flat, and therefore lends itself perfectly for large high-speed alpine board turns.”

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Sport: Downhill, giant slalom and super-G alp ine skiing

Age: 30

Level: Born in the Italian Alps, Jeffrey moved to Tremblant at the age of 19 ans. Starting in 2007, Jeffrey distinguishes himself by reaching podium rankings in North American Cup races and championships. Jeffrey also participates in World Cup and European Cup events. In 2010, Jeffrey earns his place on the Canadian Olympic Team but an unfortunate injury one week prior to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics keeps him on the sidelines. He spends most of 2011in rehabilitation and returns to competition, stronger than ever.

Career objectives: Now a World Cup skier for the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, Jeffrey has several ambitious goals: maintain top-30 positions in World Cup events, make his mark in the next World Championships. Also, true to his values, he supports athletes of his community through multiple youth programs and local associations. “Set your goals high and don’t stop until you get there.” Bo Jackson

Favorite Tremblant run: “One of my favorite runs on Mont Tremblant is the Giant… If you’ve skied it you know why!”

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Julien Cousineau

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Discipline: Slalom and giant slalom alpine skiing

Age: 34

Level: Julien started skiing at Lac Carling in the Lachute area at the age of 2. He later joined his friend Erik Guay and his father Conrad at Club de Ski Mont-Tremblant. They work very well together and this association boosts their learning and development. Julien Cousineau, a slalom specialist, earned the best Olympic result in the history of Canada in men’s slalom after finishing 8th at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Career objective: Be the first Canadian to win a World Cup in slalom.

Favorite Tremblant run: “The Taschereau because I find it’s a very fun run to ski, with lots of alternating terrain.”

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Robin Femy RobinFemy-face

Discipline: Para-alpine skiing (slalom, giant, super-G, downhill and super-combined)

Age : 25

Level: Backed by his experience as a high-level skier, Robin had the opportunity to guide a visually impaired skier and he just loved it. That’s how he began to guide on the World Cup circuit. “Training and performing in a duo is a challenge that I really love!!”

Career objectives: Robin was by Chris Williamson’s side when he became World Champion. He also accompanied Mac Marcoux in victory at the 2014 Paralympic Games. His goal is to keep winning by Mac Marcoux’s side.

Favorite Tremblant run: “I don’t really have a favorite run, but I have a favorite mountain side! All the Egde side runs are great for tranquility and the incredible glades trails. On stormy days, that’s where you’ll find the very best powder!”

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