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Julie Parisien

Julie Parisien got her skiing start at Lost Valley at the age of two and soon was racing her brothers and sister down those slopes. At an early age she began putting posters of world class skiers on the walls of her room and saying to herself, “I can do that”. Through grade school Julie skied after school at Lost Valley and weekends with the family at Sugarloaf. As a high school freshman she moved to Burke Mountain Academy to seriously pursue her goal of becoming a world class ski racer and it didn’t take long.

In her second year at Burke, March of 1989, Julie finished 4th in Super G at the National Alpine Championships. The next season saw wins in Norams, Junior Olympics, a gold medal in Combined at the US Nationals and a Bronze Medal at the World Junior Alpine Championships. During the 1990-91 season Parisien piled up more wins, eleven in all in FIS, Noram, and Europa Cup. The big breakthrough came in the World Cup finals at Waterville Valley when, at the age of 19, she won the Giant Slalom, the first US World Cup win in four years.

Her success at every level of alpine competition earned Julie a place on the 1992 Olympic team and entered the games as a US favorite to win a medal. As she was training for the races, a skier entered a training area and Julie lost several teeth in a collision. That was followed by a broken wrist in later training but she still competed. After the first run she led the slalom, but skied tentatively in the second run and finished fourth. She finished fifth in GS, great results considering her injuries but a disappointment for such a competitor. She finished the season by winning the World Cup final slalom earning her the number one ranking in the World to start the 1993 season.

Julie opened the 1993-94 season by winning a World Cup Slalom but a shortly after her brother J. P. was killed by a drunk driver and she suffered a knee injury a few weeks later. Despite the tragic loss and the injury she stayed with it and won a silver medal at the World Championships and her second National Combined title. After that season Parisien left the US Team to dominate the women’s pro tour for the next three years. At the beginning of the 1997-98 season she decided to try a comeback and worked her way onto the US Team for the 98 Olympics where she finished 13th in GS.

Following her final retirement from the US Team this skier who held up a long tradition of outstanding skiers from Auburn and Maine finished school and nurses training, began a family and found ways to give back to her sport. She coached junior racers at Lost Valley and traveled the state motivating young school children to get involved in skiing and other outdoor winter sports for the WinterKids program. An outstanding competitive career and a devotion to the sport has earned Julie Parisien a place in the Maine Ski Hall of Fame.