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André Viger
Personal information
Born (1952-09-27)September 27, 1952
Windsor, Ontario
Died October 1, 2006(2006-10-01) (aged 54)
Sport
Sport Paralympic athletics

André Viger, OC CQ (September 27, 1952 – October 1, 2006) was a French Canadian wheelchair marathoner and Paralympian. He took part in five consecutive Summer Paralympics in athletics from 1980 to 1996, winning a total of three gold, three silver and four bronze medals.

Biography[edit]

Born in Windsor, Ontario, Viger grew up in Sherbrooke, Quebec. He lost the use of his legs following a traffic accident at age 20. He won the men's wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon in 1984, 1986 and 1987. In 1987, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec. In 1989, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for being "a source of encouragement for young athletes and a role model for young people everywhere".[1] In 1993, he was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, and in 2005, the Paralympic Hall of Fame.

Special Achievements

1984- Olympic Games, Los Angeles-won a bronze.

Three-time winner of the prestigious Boston Marathon.

Four-time winner of the Oita Marathon in Japan.

Best Paralympic Sport Ambassador.

Athlete of the year, for all sports combined, in 1986.

Quebec personality of the year in 1984.

1986-Recipient of the Maurice Richard award from the Saint-Jean-Baptist Society.

Many times named athlete of the year in Sherbrooke.

André took up track and field in 1979 when he ran the Beauce, Québec, marathon. This was his first victory, and his first step in the Viger legend. André participated in five Paralympic Games. His first were in Arnheim, Netherlands, in 1980, and his last were in Atlanta in 1996. Over the course of these five Games, André earned three gold medals, four silver, and three bronze.

During his lengthy career, from 1979 to 1997, he set several world records in the 1,500 m, 5,000 m, and 10,000 m distance events and won almost every marathon on the planet, from Paris to Los Angeles, from Sempach in Switzerland to Montréal. Through the various World Championships, we can no longer count his wins, whether on the track or on the road.

But André's successes are not limited to sports. His determination has set the example for all Canadian emerging athletes. Everyone from Rick Hansen to Mel Fitzgerald to Jeff Adams knew that André had one passion: victory. André has never done anything halfway. He has always given his all, good days or bad. http://paralympic.ca/canadian-paralympic-hall-fame/inductees/andr%C3%A9-viger-athlete


After retiring from athletics, he began a career as a businessman and started a wheelchair manufacturing company. He died of cancer on October 1, 2006.[2]

In 2013, Viger was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.[3]

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LaPresse.ca

LaPresse.ca
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:05:14 -0700

Annie Perreault fut intronisée au Panthéon des sports du Québec il y a une décennie, en 2006; elle rejoindra au Panthéon canadien les André Viger (handisport), Jocelyne Bourassa (golf), Jean Béliveau (hockey), Gaétan Boucher (patinage de vitesse longue ...

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:35:59 -0800

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CBC.ca
Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:45:09 -0800

Lakatos's racing career began 19 years ago when three-time Paralympic champion Andre Viger gave him one of the old chairs used by Petitclerc, the Canadian star who won 14 Paralympic gold medals in her career. "I got the gloves, [Viger] showed me how ...
 
Boston.com
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:52:30 -0700

Michiko “Miki” Gorman, the winner of two Boston Marathon titles and a pioneer in women's marathoning, died September 19 in Bellingham, Washington, after battling cancer for five years. She was 80. Her daughter announced her death in a blog post on ...

LaPresse.ca

LaPresse.ca
Wed, 04 Jun 2014 03:23:30 -0700

Dès lors, il a voulu offrir le fauteuil roulant d'André Viger à Gabriel. « Moi, mon intention, c'est de lui rendre service parce que c'est facile pour moi. Je sais comment ça peut apporter. Tranquillement je veux devenir son coach pour les prochains ...

LaPresse.ca

LaPresse.ca
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:14:18 -0700

(SHERBROOKE) Un projet à un moyen terme d'aménagements de terrains de soccer au parc André-Viger sur la table à dessin de la Ville de Sherbrooke soulève des questions chez des citoyens du secteur. Depuis quelques jours, des citoyens distribuent ...

Radio-Canada

Radio-Canada
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:20:12 -0700

André Viger est mort du cancer en 2006. Le Panthéon des sports canadiens rend hommage à l'athlète en fauteuil roulant et l'intronisera le 16 octobre, 7 ans après son décès. Viger a non seulement remporté 10 médailles aux Jeux paralympiques et trois ...

LaPresse.ca

LaPresse.ca
Tue, 04 Nov 2014 11:26:17 -0800

(SHERBROOKE) La maison des jeunes Azimut Nord, située à l'entrée du parc Jacques-Cartier, déménagera au parc André-Viger dans un bâtiment neuf. Le conseil municipal a entériné lundi une assistance financière de 213 250 $ pour la réalisation du ...
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