| Date of Birth:
November 30, 1985
Place of Birth: Sault-Ste-Marie, ON
Residence: St-Jovite, Québec
Years on National Team:
Weight: 150 lbs.
Since childhood, skier Brigitte Acton has dreamed of participating in the Olympics. Her mother, Diane Pratte, skied to a 14th-place finish in the giant slalom at the 1972 Games in Sapporo, Japan. In fact, her family has been a driving force in her skiing career since those early days in Northern Ontario, when her father (another former member of the national ski team) would crank Dire Straits to motivate her and her siblings to get up, and get out on the slopes each weekend.
Acton has enjoyed success at the junior level, finishing second in the super-G at the 2003 Junior World Championships. She picked up another silver medal in her final year as a junior, in the Giant Slalom at the 2005 Championships.
She also posted impressive results on the Nor-Am Cup circuit, winning the overall title in 2003 and 2004-05, and the slalom crown in 2004-05.
Going into this year's World Cup season, Acton had six Top-25 finishes. She has built on those results with an 18th in giant slalom, and a 29th in the slalom event at Aspen in December of 2005.
Acton has had luck on Italian slopes in the past, posting a solid tenth in the combined event at San Sicario last year, and a 12th in the combined at the 2005 World Championships in Bormio.
During the summer months, Acton enjoys water sports such as swimming and waterskiing. She also plays a mean game of golf.
Acton will no doubt look to utilize her youthful energy in building upon the family's success, as her Olympic dream is realized in Turin 2006.
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