Date of Birth:  February 8, 1984
 Place of Birth: North Vancouver, BC
 Residence: Whistler, BC
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  6'0"
 Weight: 210 lbs.

All doubts directed at Osborne-Paradis were threw aside when the Canadian downhill specialist finished 14th in his first career World Cup race in Chamonix, France, during the 2004-05 season. Then again this season, with just a single training run under his belt on the legendary French course at Val d'Isere, he once again came through with a career-best 12th-place finish.

Manuel's penchant for coming up big in unfamiliar, high-stress situations bodes well for the young downhiller, who will turn 22 just days before his first Olympic Games in Turin.

Prior to his World Cup success, Paradis started making a name for himself on the international stage at the 2004 World Junior Championships, where he won silver in the downhill. He then moved to the senior team, where he spent much of the 2004-05 racing season on the Nor-Am Cup circuit, picking up eight Top-10 results. However, it was his 19th-place result at the 2005 World Championships that really had the team buzzing.

During the 2005-06 season, the skier, who is said to have once won a race as a 14-year-old while wearing his boots on the wrong feet, has totaled three Top-20 World Cup results. It's hard to bet against a guy who has shown as much poise as he has when facing such long odds.

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