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Müller, Peter

  • CH-MP001
  • Pessoa
  • b. October 6, 1957

Peter Müller is a Swiss former alpine ski racer. He won the World Cup downhill season title in 1979, 1980, and 1982, and was a silver medalist in the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympic Games.

Janyk, Britt

  • CA-BC-JB004
  • Pessoa
  • May 21, 1980 -

Britt Janyk is a retired Canadian alpine skier who specialized in downhill, super G, alpine combined, and giant slalom. She is the daughter of former Whistler councillor and national ski racer Andree Janyk and Bill Janyk, and the brother of World Cup alpine skier Michael Janyk. She also has a sister named Stephanie. She was born in North Vancouver on May 21, 1980. She learned to ski on Whistler Mountain in her early childhood and joined the Whistler Mountain Ski Club as a teenager in 1996, when her family moved there from West Vancouver in 1995. Janyk debuted in the World Cup in 1999. She started out with slalom and giant slalom, but after nearly losing her place on the Canadian National Alpine Ski Team, switched to speed events and excelled. During her career as a skier for Alpine Canada, she scored 18 Top 10 finishes in World Cup Competitions, including two podium finishes in downhill races. Both of these - a first place at Aspen and a third at Lake Louise - came in the 2007/2008 season, during which Janyk placed third overall. Her Olympic debut was at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in her hometown of Whistler; she received a sixth place finish in the downhill. Janyk retired from professional skiing the following year, but remains active in the sports world. She provided commentary for the 2012/2013 Alpine Skiing World Cup through Eurosport and the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympic skiing event through the Olympic Broadcasting Service. She has been an ambassador for Right to Play since 2008, a participant in Ski With an Olympian since 2012, as well as a salesperson at Peak Performance and U12 Ski Coach with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club since 2015. She was also a board member of the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation for eight months in 2011/2012.

Brunner, Daniel

  • CH-BD001
  • Pessoa
  • 1970-

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

McNolty, S.

  • CA-MS001
  • Pessoa
  • fl. 1993

S. McNolty is a Canadian skier who served as a forerunner at the 1993 Labatt Blue Men's Downhill at Whistler Mountain.

Oldfield, Graydon

  • CA-ON-OG001
  • Pessoa
  • b. 1973

Graydon Oldfield is a former member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team who competed in the Alpine World Cup Ski Tour and the 1993 Labatt Blue Downhill at Whistler Mountain. He was crowned Canadian Champion in 1997 and received an Alumni of the Year Award in 2004. Oldfield retired from skiing in 1999 and joined ScotiaMcLeod, for which he is currently Senior Wealth Advisor and Associate Director of Wealth Management. He is also president of the Barrie Cycling Club, former Chair of Gilda's Club Simcoe Muskoka, and a mentor to business students at Georgian College. He lives in Barrie, Ontario.

Brown, Gord

  • CA-BC-BG009
  • Pessoa
  • 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.

Wirnsberger, Peter

  • AT-WP001
  • Pessoa
  • b. September 13, 1958

Peter Wirnsberger is an Austrian former alpine ski racer who won eight World Cup races. He was a silver medalist at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Winter Games.

Read, Ken

  • CA-AB-RK001
  • Pessoa
  • b. November 6, 1955

Kenneth ‘Ken’ John Read is a former alpine downhill ski racer and member of the Crazy Canucks from 1973 to 1983. He participated in the 1976 and 1980 Winter Olympics and the 1978 and 1982 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Read was the first Canadian and North American to win a men’s Downhill World Cup race, and the first non-European to win the Austrian downhill Hahnenkamm and the Swiss race Lauberhorn. In total, he won four downhill World Cup races during his career. He was named Canada’s Athlete of the Year in 1978, Canadian Male Amateur Athlete of the Year in 1980, a Member of the Order of Canada in 1991, a Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame inductee in 1985, a Canada’s Skiing Hall of Fame inductee in 1986, and an International Ski Racing Hall of Fame inductee in 2010. He and his fellow Crazy Canucks were inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2006.

After his retirement, Read continued to contribute greatly to Canadian sport. He became a broadcaster with CBC TV Sports, launched the “Breath of Life” Ski Challenge to raise money for cystic fibrosis, served as President and CEO of Alpine Canada Alpin (2002-2008), worked with youth in the Alberta Alpine Ski Association (2008-2010), was named Winter Sport Director of Own The Podium (2010-2013), founded and chaired the Canadian Olympic Association Athletes Council, served as Chef de Mission for the 1992 Canadian Team to Barcelona, sat on the FIS Alpine Committee Executive Board (starting 1998), and more. He currently resides in Calgary, where he grew up.

Sailer, Toni

  • AT-ST001
  • Pessoa
  • November 17, 1935 - August 24, 2009

Toni Sailer was one of the greatest alpine skiers of all time, and for many years he was the head coach of Whistler's Toni Sailer Summer Ski Camp. He was born Anton Englebert Sailer in Kitzbühel in 1935, where he was trained as a glazier and tin smith.

Sailer won more than 170 major ski races and helped to shape Austria's image as a skiing nation. At the 1956 Olympics in Cortina, Italy, Sailer became the first skier to win all three alpine gold medals at a Winter Olympics. In addition to these Olympic victories, he also collected seven world championship gold medals and one silver.

At the age of 23 he retired from competition and went on to become a film and singing star, playing the leading role in more than 20 movies. In the later 1960s Sailer was recruited by Roy Ferris and Allan White, owners of the Cheakamus Inn, to lead the summer ski camp they organized on Whistler Mountain.

For more than a decade Sailer spent his summers in Whistler, coaching young ski racers. Members of the camp's coaching staff included Nancy Greene Raine, French innovator Patrick Russel, Greg Lee and freestyle legend Wayne Wong.

Sailer married his first wife, Gaby Rummeny, in Vancouver in 1976. They had a son together named Florian. Years after Rummeny passed away Sailer got remarried to a woman named Hedwig Fischer.

Sailer also produced Toni Sailer skis in Canada during the early 1970s and served as technical director of the Austrian Ski Federation between 1972 and 1976. As well, for many years Sailer was the race director of the prestigious Hahnenkamm downhill in his hometown of Kitzbühel.

In 1985, Sailer was awarded the Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and in 1999 he was awarded Austria's sportsman of the century.

He died of cancer in Innsbruck, Austria in 2009 at the age of 73.

Irwin, Dave

  • CA-ON-ID001
  • Pessoa
  • July 12, 1954 -

Dave Irwin is a Canadian former alpine ski racer and member of the "Crazy Canucks", a group of Canadian downhill racers who rose to prominence on the World Cup circuit in the late 1970s. He was born on July 12, 1954 in Thunder Bay, ON to former alpine ski racer Bill Irwin. He learned to ski at the age of 3 at his father's ski resort, Loch Lomond Ski Area, and was chosen for the Canadian National Ski Team at 17. Although his original area of expertise was the slalom - he won the 1972 Can-Am Slalom title, earning him that year's NOVA Cup as Canada's most improved skier - Irwin later switched to downhill. His first World Cup appearance was at Schladming, Austria in 1973; he came in 14th. Two years later, again at Schladming, he became the second Canadian male to win a World Cup downhill event. Other first-place wins for Irwin included the 1979 Europa Cup downhill event in Verbier, Switzerland and the 1980 US National Championships. He represented Canada in two Winter Olympics - Innsbruck 1976, in which he finished 8th, and Lake Placid 1980, in which he finished 11th. He won bronze at the 1982 World Cup Downhill in Whistler, retiring following month. Overall, he finished in the Top 15 in seventeen different races over his career. Irwin sustained many injuries during his career, the first being a concussion which sent him to the hospital for five days before the 1976 Olympics. Another severe concussion kept him out of the competition for almost two years prior to the 1980 Olympics. He retired from active competition in 1981, but continued to ski for the next two decades. After his retirement, he sustained a traumatic brain injury while training for an Export A Skier-Cross event in 2001. This put him in a coma for three days and resulted in severe memory loss. Irwin and his fiancee, Lynne Harrison, later created the Dave Irwin Foundation for Brain Injury. This organization was dissolved in 2016. Irwin received a Sport Excellence Award from the Government of Canada at the 1982 Tribute of Champions, and a John Semmelink Memorial Award from the Canadian Ski and Snowboard Association the same year. He was inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 1992. In 2010, he helped carry the Olympic torch as it made its way to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. He currently lives in Canmore, Alberta.

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