A richly talented speed skier who is famed for his fun-loving, larger-than-life personality, 'Manny' has three World Cup wins to his name – including his famous victory in Lake Louise, Alta., in 2009. The North Vancouver, B.C., native, who grew up skiing in Whistler, B.C., but lives and trains in Calgary, Alta., enjoyed a superb comeback season in 2012-13, narrowly missing a podium in downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway, and claiming the Canadian downhill title. Away from the ski hill Osborne-Paradis is known for his community work, which includes running an annual ski camp for kids with teammate Mike Janyk in Whistler. He's also an avid golfer.
1st – Downhill - Val Gardena - Groeden, ITA (2009)
1st - Super-G - Lake Louise, CAN (2009)
1st - Downhill - Kvitfjell, NOR (2009)
Birth date: 08/02/1984
Birth place: North Vancouver, B.C.
Residence: Calgary, Alta.
Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.
Ski club: Whistler Mountain Ski Club
Made team: 2004
Sponsor: Deeley Harley-Davidson, Harbour Air, Dattels Family, Parador Assets, rk heliski
Weight: 215 pounds
First memory of skiing: Skiing down to the mid-station of the village in Whistler, B.C. There was a big blow-up tent where all the kids would ski to for lunch, and I would go there. Their grilled cheese sandwiches were awesome.
Best moment in ski racing: My first World Cup win was my best moment because I had a bunch of podiums, but I knew I needed that win. After that first win in Kvitfjell, Norway, in 2009, it rolled into more wins after that.
Worst moment in ski racing: At the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. During the super-G I was in second and John Kucera was in third, and with only a couple of racers left to go, they cancelled the race due to weather and restarted it later. I placed 20th. It was a tough one.
What is your Olympic dream? Growing up I didn’t really have an Olympic dream. I always took things step by step and was always focused on becoming a World Cup racer. Since reaching the World Cup level, Olympic dreams have come about for me. As I get older, I realize how special the Olympics are. I’m hoping to race hard in Sochi and just enjoy the moment. When you’re happy and uplifted by the atmosphere at the Olympics, it’s easier to do well.
What is the best thing about having the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia? I haven’t yet been to Sochi, so I’m looking forward to experiencing the culture.
If you could listen to one song before leaving the start gate, what would it be? It changes monthly. I always choose something upbeat to get the endorphins going. At the start gate I like to be in the zone and not chat with people, but it doesn’t have to be a specific song that I listen to. I listen to music all morning.
If you could bring any three people in the world - living or from the past - to one of your races, who would they be? I would bring my grandpa, my mom, and my girlfriend, Lana. I started ski racing because of my grandpa, my mom has made so many sacrifices and is my biggest fan, and Lana is always there for me and she has to deal with a lot.
Hidden talent: I’m getting better at golf, although I wouldn’t call it a talent just yet. I can also talk for a really long time.
If you had just one day left to live, how would you spend it? I’d spend it on the West Coast surfing, biking, skiing, and I’d eat a lot of vanilla ice cream.
If you could own a business or be trained in any career other than ski racing, what would you choose? I’d choose to get into sales. I like the fast-paced routine of it, and meeting new people. Sometimes ski racing and sales cross over.
When I’m not skiing, you can probably find me: in Invermere, B.C., on the golf course.
What’s the best thing about your hometown? Nothing is bad. The people in Invermere are so friendly.
Name the most surprising thing in your suitcase when you’re on the road: I always bring a pair of boxers for every day on the road.
Describe your favourite thing to eat or drink during race season: The tiramisu in Bormio, Italy is the best. It’s even better with a scoop of stracciatella on top.
If you could design your own World Cup spot anywhere in the world, where would it be? I would try and have it somewhere in B.C. so my family and friends could come enjoy.
Where is your favourite place to race or train? For racing, Val Gardena, Italy. I love the big jumps and the gliding on the course. To train, I enjoy Zermatt, Germany. It’s a beautiful place.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? The ability to travel anywhere as quickly as possible. I would never have to pack, and I could come home every night.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen a teammate do while on the road? Watching Robbie Dixon catch an edge and miss the first gate of a World Cup super-G.
Who is someone you admire in sport? I have always admired retired ski racer Marco Buechel. He always treated every racer equally – from the oldest guys to the least experienced. He was always really fun and outgoing with everyone.
2nd – Downhill – Wengen, SUI (Jan. 2010)
1st – Downhill – Val Gardena-Groeden, ITA (Dec. 2009)
1st – Super-G – Lake Louise, Alta. (Nov. 2009)
3rd – Downhill – Kvitfjell, NOR (March 2009)
1st – Downhill – Kvitfjell, NOR (March 2009)
3rd – Downhill – Val Gardena-Groeden, ITA (Dec. 2008)
3rd – Downhill – Wengen, SUI (Jan. 2008)
3rd – Downhill – Val d’Isere, FRA (Jan. 2007)
2nd – Downhill – Lake Louise, Alta. (Nov. 2006)
Finishes in the top 10
8th - Super-G - Kvitfjell, NOR (March 2014)
7th – Downhill – Val Gardena-Groeden, ITA (Dec. 2013)
4th - Downhill - Beaver Creek, USA (Dec. 2013)
4th - Downhill - Kvitfjell, NOR (March 2013)
10th - Downhill - Kitzbühel, AUT (Jan. 2013)
7th – Downhill – Val Gardena-Groeden, ITA (Dec. 2012)
8th – Downhill – Val Gardena-Groeden, ITA (Dec. 2010)
7th – Downhill – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER (March 2010)
10th – Downhill – Bormio, ITA (Dec. 2009)
5th – Downhill – Wengen, SUI (Jan. 2009)
5th – Downhill – Kvitfjell, NOR (March 2008)
4th – Downhill – Kvitfjell, NOR (Feb. 2008)
5th – Downhill – Chamonix, FRA (Jan. 2008)
6th – Downhill – Val Gardena-Groeden, ITA (Dec. 2007)
7th – Downhill – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER (Feb. 2007)
5th – Downhill – Val Gardena-Groeden, ITA (Dec. 2006)
2014 Olympic Winter Games - Sochi, RUS
24th - Super-G
25th - Downhill
2010 Olympic Winter Games – Vancouver, B.C.
17th – Downhill
2006 Olympic Winter Games – Turin, ITA
13th – Downhill
20th – Super-G
Canadian champion - Downhill - Whistler, B.C. (2013)
Canadian champion – Downhill – Nakiska, Alta. (2010)
FIS World Ski Championships
18th - Downhill - Schladming, AUT (Feb. 2013)
16th - Super-G - Schladming, AUT (Feb. 2013)
9th – Downhill – Are, SWE (Feb. 2007)
17th – Combined – Bormio, ITA (Feb. 2005)
19th – Downhill – Bormio, ITA (Feb. 2005)
FIS Junior World Ski Championships
2nd – Super-G – Maribor, SLO (Feb. 2004)