August 24, 1972 |
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada
Jean-Luc Brassard (born August 24, 1972) is a Canadian freestyle skier, winning the gold medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics. Brassard has been credited with popularizing the wearing of bright knee pads to show off absorption and leg position for mogul skiers to best show judges how smoothly the athlete is taking the turns. He was born in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec.
In 2005 he became the spokesman of Le Massif.
In late 2014, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) appointed Brassard as chef de mission for Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympics. In October 2015, following the resignation of COC President Marcel Aubut over multiple allegations of sexual harassment of staff, Brassard became vocal about the COC's failure to properly examine the issue when allegations were made in 2008. In April 2016, Brassard resigned as chef de mission, later replaced by Curt Harnett.
Brassard is currently a radio commentator and also the narrator of the French version of the television documentary program How It's Made.
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- Heroux, David (13 April 2016). "Curt Harnett 'natural' fit to step in as last-minute chef de mission". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
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