Julie M. J. Parisien
|Disciplines||Slalom, Giant Slalom,
Combined, Super G,
|Club||Lost Valley Race Club|
August 2, 1971 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|World Cup debut||December 1990 (age 19)|
|Retired||March 1994 (age 22)
October 1998 (age 27)
|Teams||3 - (1992, 1994, 1998)|
|Teams||1 - (1993)|
|Medals||1 (0 gold)|
|Seasons||4 - (1991–1994)|
|Wins||3 - (2 SL, 1 GS)|
|Podiums||4 - (3 SL, 1 GS)|
|Overall titles||0 – (15th in 1992)|
|Discipline titles||0 – (7th in SL, 1993)|
Julie Madelein Josephine Parisien (born August 2, 1971) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from the United States. She specialized in the technical events of slalom and giant slalom. Parisien was the silver medalist in the slalom at the 1993 World Championships and competed in three Olympics.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Parisien's mother was born in Australia and her father, an orthopedic surgeon, in Canada. The family moved from Quebec to Maine when Julie was less than a year old. She and her three siblings were raised just outside of Auburn, about a mile (1.6 km) from the Lost Valley Ski Area. On skis at age two, she followed her two older brothers and attended the Burke Mountain Academy in northeastern Vermont. Her siblings Rob (b. 1970) and Anne-Lise (b.1972) also competed at the Olympics in alpine skiing. The eldest brother, Jean Paul (1968–92), captained the Williams College ski team and coached at Burke Mountain Academy. He was killed in a hit-and-run highway accident in December 1992, forced off the road by a drunk driver.
Parisien had won her third World Cup race in late November 1992 at Park City, and in the first two slalom events in January 1993 she placed fourth and sixth. She then won the silver medal in the slalom at the World Championships in Japan. But the loss of her brother affected her and she struggled in the 1994 season. After a disappointing 1994 Winter Olympics, Parisien left the U.S. Ski Team and competed on the women's pro tour in North America. She was rookie of the year in 1995 and finished second in the standings. Parisien dominated the pro tour next two years, then successfully qualified for the 1998 Olympics, and finished 13th in the slalom at Nagano. At her first Olympics in 1992 in France, she held a slim lead after the first run in the slalom but finished fourth, missing a medal by 0.05 seconds.
After summer glacier training with the U.S. Ski Team in Europe, Parisien decided it was time to retire from competition in the fall of 1998. She was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Ski Hall of Fame in 2006.
World Cup results 
Race podiums 
|1991||22 Mar 1991||Waterville Valley, USA||Giant Slalom||1st|
|1992||14 Jan 1992||Hinterstoder, Austria||Slalom||3rd|
|2 Mar 1992||Sundsvall, Sweden||Slalom||1st|
|1993||29 Nov 1992||Park City, USA||Slalom||1st|
Season standings 
- "Parisien is 37th in women's race". Sun-Journal (Lewiston, ME). Associated Press. December 17, 1990. p. 26.
- Robbins, Paul (October 23, 1998). "Parisien leaving U.S. alpine team". Sun-Journal (Lewiston, ME). p. A1.
- Johnson, William Oscar (December 7, 1992). "La Belle Parisien". Sports Illustrated: 74.
- Robbins, Paul (August 26, 1994). "Parisien turns pro". Sun-Journal (Lewiston, ME). p. 23.
- Delamater, Mary (December 18, 1992). "Parisien son dies in crash". Sun-Journal (Lewiston, ME). p. 1.
- Matolcsy, Aranka (December 17, 1993). "Judge expected to rule today on evidence in Parisien case". Sun-Journal (Lewiston, ME). p. 1.
- Brett, Victoria (March 11, 1994). "Drunken driver gets 4-year term in death of Jean Paul Parisien". Bangor Daily News. p. 14.
- Haynes, Laurie J. (February 8, 1995). "Parisien returns to slopes she skied as a kid". Sun-Journal (Lewiston, ME). p. 1.
- Moores, Sean (March 17, 1995). "Parisien settles in on Pro Ski circuit". Sun-Journal (Lewiston, ME). p. 23.
- "Parisien is Pro Ski Tour rookie of year". Bangor Daily News. March 20, 1995. p. C2.
- "Parisien buoys U.S. medal hopes". Sun-Journal (Lewiston, ME). Associated Press. September 22, 1997. p. 1A.
- Irons, Dave (December 29, 1997). "Gold Cup gives Parisien an extra chance". Sun-Journal (Lewiston, ME). p. 1A.
- "Julie Parisien U.S. Ski Hall inductee". Bangor Daily News. October 10, 2006. p. C6.
- Julie Parisien at the International Ski Federation
- FIS-Ski.com – World Cup season standings – Julie Parisien
- Ski-db.com – results – Julie Parisien
- Sports Reference.com – Olympic results – Julie Parisien
- U.S. Ski Hall of Fame – Julie Parisien – inducted 2006
- Maine Sports Hall of Fame – Julie Parisien – inducted 2001
- Ski Museum of Maine Hall of Fame – Julie Parisien – inducted 2008
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