Date of Birth:  February 5, 1982
 Place of Birth: Red Deer, AB
 Residence: Lac Beauport, QC
 Years on National Team:
 6
 Height:  N/A
 Weight: N/A

After winning gold in both the aerials and the combined at the 1995, 1997 and 1998 Junior National Championships, it was a no-brainer to add aerials-specialist Diedra Dionne to the national freestyle team in 1999.

Right from the get go, it was clear Dionne was something special. In her first career World Cup event in Whistler, BC, she soared to an unexpected silver medal. And a week later in Deer Valley, Utah, she followed up with a bronze. She would go on to be named FIS Rookie of the Year after the season.

Over the next five years, Dionne would claim five more World Cup podium finishes, 17 more Top-10 results, two World Championship bronze medals, and, the highlight of her career, a bronze medal at the Salt Lake City Olympics.

Coming into 2005-06, Dionne once again had her eyes on Olympic glory. Unfortunately, she broke her neck in a terrible training accident last September in Australia. For many athletes the injury would have meant an abrupt end to a career. Not for Dionne, though. Growing up as the middle child between two athletic and competitive brothers, the feisty youngster learned early on that quitting was not an option.

That's why it's not much of a surprise that, despite the injury and less than five months removed from the accident, Dionne is ready to fly again. With that kind of resolve, courage and determination going for her, it doesn't seem like a good idea to bet against her taking another trip on an Olympic podium.


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