| Date of Birth:
April 6, 1983
Place of Birth: Pierrefonds, QC
Residence: Montreal, QC
Years on National Team:
Alpine snowboarder Philippe Bérubé is tackling this year's Olympic Games as a learning experience - one which will lead him toward his goal of a podium finish in Whistler. However, don't be surprised if the aggressive racer posts solid results in Turin.
Bérubé has brought his vibrant personality and confident approach to the slopes ever since he first switched from skiing to snowboarding at the age of 12. And he hasn't looked back since. After posting solid results at the junior level -- including a bronze at the World Junior Championships, and a gold at the Canadian National Championships in 2003 -- he has recently moved on to the senior National level.
He won the Parallel Slalom at the Nor Am Cup event at Copper Mountain, CO, in 2004 and, more recently, in 2005, he placed third in the Parallel Giant Slalom at Sun Peaks. Moreover, he placed a solid 12th in Parallel Slalom at last year's World Championships in Whistler, and heès the current Canadian double champion in Parallel and Giant Slalom.
Bérubé adopted a cautious approach during the current World Cup season, as he was most notably focused on consistency and qualifying for the Olympic Games. But now that his spot on the team is secure, he has carte blanche to go for broke and display the aggressive style which has become his hallmark on the slopes.
When he isn't competing, Bérubé is pursuing a degree through correspondence courses. He enjoys playing hockey and loves the international travel the World Cup tour provides. When his snowboarding days are over, he dreams of living in a beach house and spending time surfing. Bérubé is determined to take care of a few other dreams before he can live that one, however. They include a solid performance in Turin, and then work toward an eventual podium finish at the 2010 Games in Whistler.
2006 Snowboarding Coverage