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Athlete Profile: Milaine Theriault, Team 2006
Milaine first started skiing at age 12 in the local Jackrabbit Ski League that her parents started in St. Quentin, N.B. Having been involved in many other sports, including judo, badminton and mountain biking, Milaine eventually chose skiing for its lifestyle benefits and travel opportunities. Milaine cites her parents and coach, along with friend, Laurent Roux, as being highly influential in her pursuit of ski racing at an elite level. Today, Milaine is entering her 12th year on the senior team. Milaine is excited for her third Olympic season after skiing on a reduced schedule over the past two years to give birth to a baby boy – now forced to balance motherhood with her pursuit of excellence on the World Cup cross-country skiing circles. Teammate and close friend, Beckie Scott, inspires Milaine to continue to strive to meet her own goals.
In addition to caring for her family and young son, Milaine is busy in her free time engaged in one of many activities. She is currently finishing her Science degree from Athabasca University in hopes of pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. She is also an avid reader, gardener, baker and enjoys telephone conversations with her family and friends across the country. Milaine may also be spotted shopping around town or simply relaxing at home with her boyfriend and fellow ski racer, Robin McKeever.
Milaine’s long and successful ski career has taught her many things over the years. She has developed a good work ethic, persistent dedication and a continuing drive to succeed.
Key Ski Information:
2002 – Olympic Winter Games, Salt Lake City, Utah: 8 (4x5 km relay)
2005 – Haywood Canada Cup, Forêt Montmorency, Que.: 1 (15 km skate)
Pursuit of Excellence:
“To know that everyday I train for two, three or four hours I have put in 100 per cent, the end result in the races is not nearly as important as the happiness I have experienced in the journey getting there.”