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BJ Marcoux forced to withdraw from Paralympics

Thursday, March 06, 2014   by: Brad Coccimiglio

As the 2014 Paralypics prepare to open, Mac Marcoux will need to make a major adjustment in his quest for a gold medal.

Due to injury, Mac's brother BJ will not be able to compete in the Alpine Skiing event this week.

Due to a back injury, BJ was forced to withdraw from competition as Mac’s guide for the event.

“It was an incredibly difficult decision, but the evidence is there that tells us it’s the right thing to do,” Brianne Law, program director for the Canadian para-alpine team, told the Alpine Canada website. “We don’t want to put BJ at risk of further injury, and it’s our job to give Mac the greatest chance at success possible. He has previously trained and raced with Robin and they have had done really well together, and Chris and Nick are obviously very familiar with each other, so it was an easy choice. I can’t wait to see what they can do.”

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec’s Robin Femy will take BJ’s place as Mac’s guide.

Ferry is teammate Chris Williamson’s regular guide. Williamson is a three-time Paralympian.

Williamson will now ski with his former guide, Nick Brush.

Brush and Williamson skied together at the 2010 Paralympics Winter Games in Vancouver.

“It means so much to me that BJ has already gotten me this far. It’s pretty unexplainable, actually,” Mac told the Alpine Canada website. “It’s a real bummer that he’s not competing in Sochi, but he’ll still be there, and we’re still a team, so we’ll make the best of it. He won’t be the one skiing in front of me, but he got me here.”

Mac and Femy competed together at the recent IPC World Cup Finals in Tarvisio, Italy, winning gold in the event.

The pair open their Paralympic schedule on March 8 in the alpine skiing events.

Watch a video of the team in action, click here.

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steve53000 3/6/2014 4:59:24 PM Report

You are a champion in our hearts and we as a community are proud of your accomplishments
Tag33&1/3rd 3/6/2014 5:01:53 PM Report

Too bad---Next time! (Canada should all have pulled out anyway)
psjj 3/6/2014 5:35:35 PM Report

Giver Mac! You have the entire country rooting for you. Too bad about BJ but you have overcome so much to get to where you are there's no stopping you now!
hawkeye 3/6/2014 7:27:27 PM Report

good luck mac we are behind you guys regardless of the outcome. Hope bj will be back in action soon.
firefly42 3/6/2014 8:25:14 PM Report

Sorry BJ and Mac! I know you guys wanted to do this together. The silver lining is that Mac can continue and BJ will be there cheering Mac on!

The Soo and area will be cheering you on from home!

Go for the Gold!
Sam C 3/6/2014 10:53:22 PM Report

Tag... WHY should Canada have pulled out? The Olympics are about athletics. Whatever politics people want to assign to them -- where they are held, the message they send, etc -- just doesn't matter to the athletes. They are there to perform and compete, after years of training.

To deny them that opportunity simply to play political games would be shameful.
sphball 3/7/2014 7:57:40 AM Report

tag your dad should of pulled out
TFinn 3/7/2014 8:00:10 AM Report

ouch ...!!
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