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Askevold, George

  • US-AG001
  • Persoon
  • fl. 1970s

American ski instructor and champion freestyle skier who won many major hot dog competitions in both the Eastern and Western US, including the 1973 Eastern Freestyle Championships. Askevold coached at the Toni Sailer Summer Ski Camp in the 1970s.

Bienvenu, Yves

  • FR-BY001
  • Persoon
  • fl. 1958-1976

Yves Bienvenu was a member of the French National Ski Team from 1958 to 1963. Prior to this, he had achieved great success as a young skier, winning the French Junior Downhill and the International Junior Championships. He went on to become one of Canada's finest ski instructors. Beginning in 1967, he worked as an Advanced Racing coach at the Toni Sailer Summer Ski Camp in Whistler, continuing this work until at least 1976. In addition, he served as racing coach for the Eastern Townships Ski Zone, senior member and demonstrator for the Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance, director of the Raymond Lactot Ski School, and senior representative for Raymond Lactot Ltd. (the distributor for Rossignol skis and Trappeur boots across Canada).

Brooks, D.

  • CA-BC-BD024
  • Persoon
  • fl. 1967

D. Brooks was a skier who participated in the du Maurier International Men's Slalom race held at Whistler Mountain on January 28 and 29, 1967. He did not complete his second run.

Brown, Gord

  • CA-BC-BG009
  • Persoon
  • fl. 1973-present

Gord Brown began ski coaching circa 1973, serving as the Alpine Canada National Ski Team Coach from 1978 to 1984 and the Program Director of the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation from 1984 to 2003. He achieved the highest level of the National Coaching Certification Program. From 1985 until at least the early 1990s, Brown worked as a racing coach at the Dave Murray Summer Ski Camp. He left skiing for the insurance business in 2006, becoming a partner at Brown Benefits in Kelowna, but continues to coach a small group of clients in the winter months.

Brown, Grant

  • CA-BG001
  • Persoon
  • fl. 1970s-1999

Grant Brown was a Canadian ski racer who went on to serve as a racing coach at the Dave Murray Summer Ski Camp in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was also the founder and Head Coach of the Wilmot Ski Team at Wilmot Mountain, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, as well as the Head Coach for the United States Ski Association Central Division.

Brownlie, Georgina

  • CA-BC-BG010
  • Persoon
  • fl. 1991-1992

Georgina Brownlie is a former athlete and teacher at Pemberton High School. She was a member of the Blackcomb One team at the 4th Annual Westcoast Ski Area Tournament, August 1991, at which she was named both the Team Female MVP and the Tourny Female MVP. She also played fastball for the Tapley's K team.

She is married to Dave Brownlie, former President and COO & CEO of Whistler-Blackcomb.

Brunner, Daniel

  • CH-BD001
  • Persoon
  • 1970-

Former Swiss alpine skier who competed in the 1995 Warsteiner Men's World Downhill at Whistler Mountain.

Burgi, Bernard

  • CA-BC-BB028
  • Persoon
  • [fl. 1960s?]

Bernard Burgi was a well-known skier who tested the runs and snow conditions on Powder Mountain before its opening.

Burgler, Toni

  • CH-BT001
  • Persoon
  • b. August 17, 1957

Toni Bürgler is a former Swiss alpine skier who competed in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid and the 1982 Molson World Downhill at Whistler. He finished at sixth place in the latter.

Burke, Sarah

  • CA-ON-BS001
  • Persoon
  • September 3, 1982 - January 19, 2012

Sarah Burke was a Canadian freestyle skier known for pioneering the superpipe event. Born in Barrie, Ontario, she attended ski camps as a teenager in Whistler, at which she met her future husband Rory Bushfield (m. 2010). She won first place in the half-pipe event at the 2001 US Freeskiing Open, being one of only two women to compete. After this, she lobbied ESPN to include a female division in the Winter X Games; this was granted in 2005, and Burke went on to win five gold and one silver medal in this competition. She also won the 2005 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships. Burke then lobbied the International Olympic Committee to add the superpipe to the 2014 Winter Olympics, at which she planned to compete. Tragically, she was never able to realize this dream, dying at the age of 29 in a training accident in Utah.

Burke accumulated many honors, both in her lifetime and posthumously. She was the first woman to ever land a jump with a 1080-degree rotation during a competition. She won the ESPN 2001 Award for Female Skier of the Year and the ESPY 2007 Best Female Action Sports Athlete Award. She also featured in many skiing films. After her death, Burke was inducted to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (2012), Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (2014), and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame (2016).

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