Deidra Dionne

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Deidra Dionne
Personal information
Born February 5, 1982 (1982-02-05) (age 32)
North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada

Deidra Dionne (born February 5, 1982) is a Canadian freestyle skier. She was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.[1][2] She won bronze in the 2002 Winter Olympics in freestyle aerial ski[3] She also won the bronze medal at the 2001 and 2003 FIS World Freestyle Ski Championships.[1]

Her health and career appeared in jeopardy on September 1, 2005; when she had a training accident that injured her neck.[4] She came close to being paralyzed.[5] She had to have surgery where two vertebrae in her neck were fused with a titanium plate.[2] A bone graft needed to be taken from her right hip.[2] Eventually she recoverred, and was able to participate in the 2006 Winter Olympics. [6]

At the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics Dionne won a bronze medal in women's aerial ski jumping.

Personal life[edit]

Dionne graduated from the National Sport School[3] in 1999, and then went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts program through Athabasca University. Currently, she is studying law at the University of Ottawa.[7]


  1. ^ a b Profile of Deidra Dionne by the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association
  2. ^ a b c Profile of Deidra Dionne by the CBC
  3. ^ a b "National Sport School Opens", Ski and Snowboard Canada, October 16, 2003.
  4. ^ Stroup, Matt, "Crashing consequences: Teammates help Deidra Dionne overcome horrifying injury", NBC.
  5. ^ Kingston, Gary, "Medallist scared but eager to take the leap once again", Vancouver Sun, October 29, 2005.
  6. ^ Profile of Deidra Dionne by the Organising Committee of the XX Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games
  7. ^ Official site of Deidra Dionne biography

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