Birth Place: Montreal, QC
Hometown: Montreal, QC
National Team Since: 2015
Home Club: Val Saint-Côme
Sponsors: Antoine Laoune Opticien
Catrine Lavallée did not start skiing competitively until she was 14 years old, but she has been an athlete from a very young age. She was a competitive gymnast until she went to high school when she gave up gymnastics to attend a distinguished private school in Montreal.
The summer after her gymnastics career ended, Lavallée was inspired when she saw the provincial mogul team in action and decided to try it out. After competing in moguls for a year, she found her true passion in aerials upon visiting the Lac Beauport water ramp.
The coaches quickly approached her and recruited her for the aerial team, where she competed on the Quebec provincial team for three years before being named to the national team in 2015. Lavallée has established herself over the last few years as an athlete to watch with significant titles such as 2014 World Junior Champion, 2015 NorAm Cup winner and 2015 Canada Cup winner.
In 2016, Lavallée won her first national title and was able to compete in her first FIS World Cup event. One year later, she finished 7th at her first senior World Championships in Sierra Nevada.
Lavallée says that she never gets excited about competition day and that it will always feel like Christmas morning for her.