Jean-Sébastien Labrie has been coaching alpine skiing for over 25 years.
As head coach of the Canadian Para-Alpine ski team, Labrie’s leadership and drive have helped build a strong culture of performance on the team.
The Canadian Para-Alpine ski team won eight medals in Sochi, including two gold – representing half of Team Canada’s total medal haul for these Games.
Labrie has enjoyed a phenomenal career as head coach with the Canadian para-alpine ski team. Between 2007 and 2010, he guided Canadian para-alpine skiers to 188 World Cup medals, including 17 medals at the 2009 World Championships in South Korea.
This was great preparation for the Canadian para-alpine ski team leading up to the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. The Canadians won an impressive 13 of Canada’s total 19 medals in Vancouver, including five gold by Lauren Woolstencroft, and five medals (including a gold) earned by Viviane Forest and her guide Lindsay Debou.
Following the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games, Labrie moved over to work with the women’s able-bodied Alpine Development team for two years. In the spring of 2012, he was re-named the head coach of the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team and led the team to the 2014 Sochi Games. At the 2013 World Championships, the Canadian team took home 14 medals – the most of any nation.
- Guided Canada to eight para-alpine medals at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, 13 at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games and to 14 medals at the 2013 World Championships.
Getting into the sport: Started coaching at age 15 at his local club… Learned about potential coaching positions with Canadian Paralympic Alpine Ski Team in 2005.
Odds and ends: enjoys, running, surfing, mountain biking… interested in the technology of sport… has a geomatics degree from Université Laval.