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Congratulations, Mac Marcoux!

Saturday, March 08, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE
PRIME MINISTER
OF CANADA

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper congratulates Canadian athletes on Paralympic medals

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement congratulating Mac Marcoux and guide Robin Fémy on winning a bronze medal in alpine skiing men’s downhill (visually impaired), Josh Dueck for winning the silver medal in alpine skiing men’s downhill (sitting) and Mark Arendz for taking home the silver in the men’s biathlon 7.5 km (standing) event at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games:

On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my deepest congratulations to Mac Marcoux and his guide Robin Fémy on winning Canada's first medals at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

Mr. Marcoux and Mr. Fémy won bronze in alpine skiing men’s downhill (visually impaired) and became part of the rich history of exceptional accomplishments by Canadian athletes.

They are an inspiration to all Canadians.

It is also with great pleasure and pride that I congratulate Mark Arendz for becoming the first Canadian athlete to win a Paralympic medal in biathlon with his silver medal win in the men’s biathlon 7.5 km (standing) event. The entire country is immensely proud of this accomplishment.

I would also like to salute Josh Dueck on winning a silver medal in alpine skiing men’s downhill (sitting) today. Mr. Dueck has secured his spot in Paralympic history, and Canadians are truly proud.

Mac Marcoux was born in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, where he currently resides.

This is his first Paralympic medal in his first Paralympic Games.

Together with his older brother and guide, Billy Joe Marcoux, Mac Marcoux has attained the podium multiple times at IPC events in 2013, including a gold medal finish in super-G at the IPC World Cup in Mt. Hutt, New Zealand, and a silver medal in giant slalom at the IPC World Championships in La Molina, Spain.

Robin Fémy was born in Saint-Martin-d’Hères, France, and now resides in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.

This is his first Paralympic medal in his first Paralympic Games.

Mr. Fémy is the guide for Canadian para-alpine skier Chris Williamson and stood in as the guide for Mac Marcoux during today’s competition when Mr. Marcoux’s brother, Billy Joe, could not participate.

Together, Mr. Fémy and Mr. Williamson have earned eight IPC Alpine Skiing World Championship medals, including gold in super combined in La Molina, Spain, in 2013, and have reached the podium at eight IPC World Cup events, including four gold medal wins.

Mark Arendz was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and currently resides in Canmore, Alberta.

This is his first Paralympic medal in his second Paralympic Games, having competed at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Paralympic Games.

Mr. Arendz is the reigning world champion in 7.5 km biathlon and finished first overall in the 2012-13 World Cup standings, and second overall in both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 World Cup standings.

Josh Dueck was born in Kimberley, British Columbia, and currently resides in Vernon, B.C.

This is his second Paralympic medal in his second Paralympic Games, having won silver in men's slalom at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Paralympic Games.

Previously, Mr. Dueck won the gold in the Mono Skier X event at the 2011 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, was the 2009 World Downhill Champion at the IPC World Championships in Jeongseon, South Korea and has attained the podium multiple times at the IPC World Cup.

Quick facts

The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games are being held from March 7 to 16.

Canada is being represented by 54 athletes, including five guides, who are competing in the following winter sport disciplines: sledge hockey, wheelchair curling, para-nordic skiing, para-alpine skiing, biathlon and para-snowboard.

Approximately 575 athletes from 45 countries are participating in these Paralympic Games.

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gerbil 3/8/2014 6:35:33 PM Report

Conratulations Mac! You are a absolute inspiration and idol! Great job! We are so proud of you in the Sault!!!!
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