Date of Birth:  November 18, 1984
 Place of Birth: New-Richmond, QC
 Residence: New-Richmond, QC
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  6'0"
 Weight: 195 lbs

Although François Bourque has expressed an interest in becoming a mechanic at some point in his life, fans of the Canadian Alpine Ski team are hoping that dream doesn't come true for quite some time still. Instead, they're hoping that the exciting young skier follows in the footsteps off his skiing idol, Austrian legend Hermann Maier.

Like the Herminator, Bourque says he enjoys all alpine skiing disciplines equally, which might explain how his third in the super-G, fifth in the giant slalom and seventh in the slalom landed him on top of the podium for the combined gold medal at the 2004 Junior World Championships in Maribor, Slovakia.

Another junior gold medal, earned in the super-G at the World Championships in France in 2003, definitely points to the promise of the 21-year-old native of New Richmond, Quebec.

However, it was his bronze medal in the super-G at a senior World Cup event in Garmish, Germany against the big boys during the 2004-05 season that really announced his arrival on the world stage.

Now just 11 years removed from his first race as a headstrong 10-year-old, Bourque heads to his first Olympic games. Although his rankings as of the end of the 2004-05 season, 48th and 52nd in the downhill and giant slalom respectively aren't that impressive, he comes to Turin as the 16th-ranked skier in the super-G competition.

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