As a competitive Olympian, Brigitte Acton is this week’s Sault Legend.
She was taught partly by her parents who were both members of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team. Her mother Diane Pratte competed at the Sapporo 1972 Winter Games and was one of her first coaches along with her father Gordon.
At speeds of up to 130 kilometers or 80 miles an hour, Brigitte rockets down ice covered mountains and amazingly races against the clock.
In 2009 (Val d’Isère, FRA) she placed 25th in the slalom.
In 2007 (Are, SWE) she placed 42nd in the giant slalom.
In 2005 (Santa Caterina, ITA) she placed 12th combined.
The same year she won silver at Juniors in Bardonecchia, ITA.
She was also named 2005 Breakthrough Female Athlete of the Year by Alpine Canada.
2006 was her best year in the Olympics in Turin, winning 17th on the slalom, 11th on the giant slalom and 10th in the combined section.
Acton retired from alpine skiing in August 2010 after finishing 17th in the slalom at Vancouver 2010.