STORY & PHOTOGRAPHY: S-Media
They have donned the walls of all legit ski tuning rooms worldwide for over 40 years, and now Marie-Michèle Gagnon takes the honour of gracing the Lange Girls poster. From non-skiers like Pamela Anderson and Montreal’s Audrey Bourbonnais, to World Cup sensations Julia Mancuso, Resi Stiegler, Maria Höfl- Riesch, Lara Gut, and now Gagnon – this ski culture phenomenon has symbolized skiing, ski racing, and the power of women in snowsports since the early 1970s.
The fiercely-competitive Gagnon, from Lac-Etchemin, Que., embraces her youth in her approach to ski racing. “Having grown up in a family of five sporty children, I developed a strong competitive spirit,” said the two-time World Cup medallist from Lac Etchemin. “I’ve always loved pushing the limits in everything I do; I like to challenge my teammates, my brothers and sisters, and even my boyfriend … so the slogan ‘catch me if you can’ is perfect for me.”