Quick facts

Birthdate

May 27, 1986

Birthplace

Quebec City, QC

Residence

Quebec City, QC

Sport

Para Nordic Skiing

Experience

PyeongChang 2018

Sochi 2014

Vancouver 2010

Sébastien Fortier competed at his third Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018.

Fortier grew up on the family farm in rural Quebec. While he enjoyed sports in school, he rarely had time to play because he was always busy with the family business. On September 13, 2003, at age 17, he was injured in an accident at a roof factory when 19 roof frames fell on his head.  He severely injured his spinal cord and was left a paraplegic.

In May 2005, he underwent surgery to remove rods on his spine. The operation was unsuccessful, which resulted in recurring lower back pain and neuropathic pain.

In his first full season with Canada’s National Para-nordic Team, Fortier qualified for the Paralympic Games in Vancouver-Whistler in 2010. He was a member of Canada’s seventh place relay team. Just a year later he won three gold medals at the Canada Winter Games.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Winter Paralympianin 2010, 2014, 2018… Three gold medals at 2011 Canada Winter Games.

PERSONAL

Youngest of three children… He was introduced to para-Nordic skiing in 2006 and took up the sport seriously in December 2008… He has also competed on the Canadian national para-cycling circuit.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

  • 2018 Paralympic Winter Games  7.5 km 16th
  • 2018 Paralympic Winter Games 15 km 18th
  • 2014 Paralympic Winter Games 15 km 18th
  • 2014 Paralympic Winter Games 10 km 26th
  • 2014 Paralympic Winter Games 1 km 23rd
  • 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Relay 7th
  • 2010 Paralympic Winter Games 1 km 32nd