The Crazy Canucks

Ken Read

Read became the first North American male to ever win a World Cup downhill with a victory in Val d’Isere, France in 1975. A seven-time Canadian National downhill champion, Read picked up a fifth place Olympic downhill result in the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games and was the pre-race favorite for the 1980 Olympic downhill in Lake Placid. However, he lost a ski near the top of the course and was forced to watch Austria’s Leonhard Stock claim the gold. He also represented Canada at the 1978 and 1982 World Championships in Garmisch, Germany and Schladming, Austria. On the World Cup tour, Read skied to a second place finish in the season-long downhill rankings behind Switzerland’s Peter Mueller, winning both the Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbuhel, Austria and the Lauberhorn in Wengen, Switzerland. A native of Calgary, Read was instrumental in the design and construction of the men’s downhill course used for the 1988 Calgary Olympics where he also carried the torch into the stadium for the Opening Ceremonies.

Ken Read Medals/World Cup Wins

Olympic World Alpine Ski Championships World Cup Overall Dicipline
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Steve Podborski

A 11-year veteran of the Canadian Team, Pod became the first Canadian and first North American male to win an Olympic medal in Downhill with his bronze medal at the 1980 Lake Placid Games.  In the 70’s and 80’s, Podborski anchored the legendary Crazy Canuck downhillers, renowned for their “throw caution to the wind” approach to skiing the world’s most difficult racecourses.  He earned a total of eight career World Cup victories, winning the World Cup Downhill title in 1982, becoming the first and only non-European man to capture the discipline crown.  Pod retired in 1984 as the most successful and decorated male downhill skier in North America.  Inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1985 and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1987, he has been Canada’s Athlete of the Year on two separate occasions.  Pod played an active role in the bid for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and served as Assistant Chef de Mission for the Canadian Olympic Team in Vancouver.  He has also worked as a network commentator, covering the past three Olympic Winter Games. 

Steve Podborski Medals/World Cup Wins

Olympic World Alpine Ski Championships World Cup Overall Dicipline
 1  0  8  0  1

 


Dave Murray

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Steve Podborski Medals/World Cup Wins

Olympic World Alpine Ski Championships World Cup Overall Dicipline
1 1 9 0 0

 


Dave Irwin

The original “Crazy Canuck”, Dave Irwin set the standard for a long line of world class Canadian downhillers that included Legends participants Ken Read, Steve Podborski and Todd Brooker. Nicknamed “Thunder Thighs”, Irwin won the 1976 World Cup downhill in Schladming, Austria by almost two seconds over Austrian downhill king Franz Klammer. Other accomplishments that season were somewhat less notable as his downhill crash on the Lauberhorn course in Wengen, Switzerland was utilized for a television spot by a Swiss life insurance company. The native of Thunder Bay, Ontario did manage to redeem himself that season with an eighth place showing in the Olympic downhill in Innsbruck.

Dave Irwin Medals/World Cup Wins

Olympic World Alpine Ski Championships World Cup Overall Dicipline
 0  0  1  0  0

 


 

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