| Date of Birth:
Dec. 8, 1982
Place of Birth: Jonquière, QC
Residence: Jonquière, QC
Years on National Team:
After competing in the alpine events for many years, François Boivin has recently turned his focus to the snowboardcross. And that focus has clearly paid off, as Boivin enters the 2006 Turin Games with a shot at a medal.
Born and raised in Quebec, Boivin was instilled with a love of hockey at an early age, and to this day still idolizes Wayne Gretzky. At the age of eight, however, he tried snowboarding for the first time and hung up his skates in favour of the rapidly growing sport.
As recently as last season, Boivin was posting solid results in the parallel slalom, including winning a gold medal, as well as a silver, at Mount Avila in Nor Am Cup competition.
After a second-place finish in snowboardcross at the 2005 Canadian National Championships, Boivin ramped it up on the international snowboardcross scene with a third at Sierra Nevada, Spain, and most emphatically at the World Championships in Whistler last year. Boivin was originally slated to be an alternate for Canada at the competition, but proved he belonged in the limelight with a surprising silver medal finish.
Boivin has continued to post solid results on the current World Cup season, with three Top-10 results, including a season-best eighth-place finish in Bad Gastein, Austria, in January.
An avid sky diver away from the slopes, Boivin will look to continue the positive momentum of last year's breakthrough as he makes the leap to Olympic competition at the 2006 Turin Games.
2006 Snowboarding Coverage