Marie-Michèle Gagnon

Canadian World Cup Alpine ski racer

A photo summary of the World Championships in @are2019 ! After having had a few days off and time to reflect, I can say I have finally let go of this feeling of failure that I carried with me. In the end, all of us, racers hope to have it all come together for this one big race series of the year. I’m not the first one to come into a World Champs with this hyper focused mind set, big dreams and extra motivation. I now look back at my time there and can’t believe I didn’t take the time to take photos of the first few days when the sun was shining so bright and we were living in a winter wonderland. For me, that’s a tell-tell that I was way in my own head and didn’t look around. Nevertheless, I am excited to get another go at it for the next month of racing, with a zig zag of venues, from Switzerland to Russia, to Czech Republic with the end in Andorra. I will do my very best to find the ideal balance where the skiing flows and the mind is at ease without trying too hard, or trying too little. Onwards—-> 🤩 📷 @agencezoom

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Got in one last big hug while @lindseyvonn wasn’t surrounded by a thousand fans. Lindsey you’ve been such an inspiration through my entire career. I arrived on the World Cup and you were dominant and you stayed there until the end. What a great finish today, big congrats on such an amazing career!! 🐐 #myhero

Here we go for the 11th anniversary of love ❤️ with @travisganong ! Pretty funny to look back at all the very similar things that happened to us this past year. First, we BOTH blew out our ACLs and missed the racing season. Then, we recovered well together and started skiing 5 days apart. We both had a binding malfunction at some point this season. Our best result of the season so far for both was a 6th place.(both working hard to improve that number!). And lastly, we will randomly wear matching outfits like the bib pants, but also couldn’t find a picture of our colour coordination that happens to be on point more often than not.( that part we aren’t usually so proud of...we tend not to immortilize those moments). We’ve had a lot more time together this past year cuz of our injury, and right in the midst of it, I swear I knew what he would say before he said it. Funny how in tune our lives have been lately. I hope this made you smile or laugh like it did for me 🤪🤣🥰

Alpine Combined tomorrow. I’ll be kicking it off with bib #3 🙌🏻 Another day, another chance. @are2019 p.s. loving our World Champs suit by @hellyhansen ❤️

Sort of learning the hard way that speed races can be VERY unfair...Today was the SG race at World Championships here in @are2019 . I felt so cheated when I got to the finish...this was no sunny perfect race I watched on TV just some numbers ago. All of a sudden, it was total flat light. The race was over before anyone over bib 20 ish started. Having been “mainly” a tech skier my entire career, I never truly experienced such a hopeless feeling. I’m NOT the first one to experience this in ski racing and definitely not the only one today, but now I can say I truly relate to the pain. On a much more positive note, cuz now I said it all and it’s over and done, I’m super excited to get more shots here in this beautiful snowy paradise. We could not ask for better conditions or for better guests. Thanks for holding such an amazing event already and let’s hope Mother Nature cooperates in the future;)

Alright alright, now that’s more like it! Stoked to get this season’s best result for me in GS and the most exciting was to come down in the green light for the first time in a while. #11th Now headed straight up North to Åre, 🇸🇪 for the World Championships. 📷 @agencezoom

Last week, we decided to skip the downhill altogether in Garmisch to focus on training and resting well for World Champs starting next week. In the end, our coaches intuition to skip the race was pretty on point since they stopped the race after bib 42, which would have left us in the start gate without a chance to race. Previous me, as a keen-wanting-to-do-it-all would have fought hard to still race and do the training as well, but I’m learning to trust the people around me more and therefore, becoming more in tune with the universe. I also got to watch @travisganong race in the SG in Kitzbühel, an event I’ve always wanted to see live. In the end, all is well and we are now in Maribor getting ready for the last race before the big event of the season, World Championships in Åre. I can’t wait to be back in this place, it was there that I got my first ever World Cup podium and it holds a very special place in my heart. #onwards

A fleeting moment together between all the January madness. A nice hike in the sun to a mountain hut with my love, life is good! ❤️

Just a simple little racing team✌🏻Big ups to my teammate @valeriegrenier for her great performance today; career best one after the one this season for this one. 🙌🏻AND our awesome service man @dolinar.miha for all his hard work! For me, results tend to be around the 20s a lot this season, hoping to change that soon.

Training on the longboards again today 🤗 Great track here in Ultental !

En collaboration avec @obersonboutique , je viens de partager via mes “stories” comment faire la préparation de vos skis à la maison. De plus, je partage quelques petits trucs qui peuvent vous aider à garder vos skis performants et s’assurer qu’ils vous servent le plus longtemps possible. Allez vite, les “stories” vont disparaître dans 24 heures!!!😊 ⛷

When you just have the best day out in the backcountry despite the lack of powder! We unexpectedly met up with a couple old timer badass skiers who were having a BBQ and spent the day going up and down with them! I love this area, it keeps blowing my mind more and more ❤️💥