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Tops 2013: Saultites on the world stage

Thursday, January 02, 2014   by: Staff

Sault Ste. Marie has always had a lot to be proud of, and in 2013 there was no shortage of Saultites making waves at the national and international level.

The following is a list of 10 stories about amazing people putting Sault Ste. Marie on the world map.

Johnny McMillan

Former Studio Dance Arts student Johnny McMillan was named one of the top 25 dancers to watch in 2013 by Dance Magazine, a leading international trade magazine based in New York City.

After graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy, where he receive the Young Artists’ Award in dance, McMillan apprenticed with Hubbard Street Dance 2 in Chicago.

He is now a member of the main dance company.

Read more about Johnny McMillan here.

Mac and BJ Marcoux

In late February, local skier Mac Marcoux and brother BJ won silver at the International Paralympic Committee Alpine World Skiing Championships in La Molina, Spain.

To read more about Mac and BJ, please click here.

Todd Gordon and Lee Chambers

Two former Saultites, Todd Gordon (screenwriter) and Lee Chambers (writer, director), won the American Pixel Academy Platinum Award for their Pineville Heist teaser trailer.

The American Pixel Academy honours outstanding creativity in motion graphics, effects and animation.

For more information about Gordon, Chambers and The Pineville Heist, please click here

Rachelle Barbeau

In February, local cross country skier Rachelle Barbeau returned to Sault Ste. Marie from the World Special Olympics Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea with two silver medals under her belt.

"I want to finish strong for everyone,” she told before her departure.

To read more about Rachelle's accomplishments, please click here.

Ted Nolan

It was announced in November that former Soo Greyhounds coach and Garden River First Nation resident Ted Nolan would return to the National Hockey League as interim head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.

For more about Ted Nolan's return to the NHL, please click here.

Miguel Gauthier

After relocating to Los Angeles, California, Sault photographer, sound engineer and filmmaker Miguel Gauthier unexpectedly found himself at the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival.

His Lover's Game short film, which he co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed, received six nominations and one award.

To learn more about Gauthier and what he's up to in sunny L.A., please click here.

Team Jacobs

After dominating the Roar of the Rings Olympic curling trials in Winnipeg, remaining undefeated throughout the competition, skip Brad Jacobs, third Ryan Fry, second E.J. Harnden, lead Ryan Harnden, and coach Tom Coulterman will represent Canada during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

For more on Team Jacobs, please click here.

Brett Davie

Sault biathlete Brett Davie won three medals, including one gold, during the Canadian National Biathlon Championships in Whistler, B.C.

With this accomplishment, Brett became the first Ontario male to win multiple medals at the national level.

To read more about Brett Davie, please click here.

Les Pyette

Les Pyette, former sports writer with the Sault Daily Star, was named to Canadian News Hall of Fame.

Pyette enjoyed a long media career, working with the Toronto Sun, the Calgary Sun, the London Free Press and the National Post.

For more about Les Pyette, please click here.

John Solski

It was announced in November that former Sault lawyer John Solski was appointed Chief Federal Prosecutor for Nunavut.

He worked in private practice in Sault Ste. Marie from 1985 to 2001 before joining Nunavut Regional Office of the Federal Prosecution Service at Justice Canada.

Read more about John Solski here.

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cdnhunter 1/2/2014 5:14:49 PM Report

Congrats to everyone. Just an update on Brett Davie. He is still in Canmore, Alberta training and has had a good year to date. He has had 2nd place finish two 4th place finish and 2 5th place finish and has also qualified for an International race in the Czech Republic which he will be leaving for on Jan 22
Tag33&1/3rd 1/3/2014 7:47:18 AM Report

Cool - here's to a first place finish Jan 22nd!
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