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Wong, Wayne

  • CA-BC-WW001
  • Personne
  • b. October 17, 1950

Wayne Wong is a Canadian ski champion and the innovator of freestyle/'hotdog' skiing. He is widely considered to be one of the most influential skiers of the 20th century.

Born in Vancouver, Wong had his first ski lesson at the age of 11. In 1971, as a ski school instructor at Mount Seymour, he was persuaded by friends to enter the inaugural National Championships of Exhibition Skiing at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Wong won third place, launching a career that would see him receive international acclaim. He pioneered an unrestricted, inventive new style of skiing, characterized by daring stunts such as the "Wong Banger" and "Wongmill."

Wong was a member of the K2 and Salomon Freestyle Ski Teams from 1972 to 1976, achieving numerous victories. He was the Europa Cup Freestyle Champion in 1973, the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Skiing Champion and the Japanese International Freestyle Skiing Champion in 1975, and the World Powder 8 Champion in 1984, 1986, and 1987. Wong was also a Level 4 Certified member of the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance and served as a member of the CSIA's Interski team in Czechoslovakia in 1975. He served as the director of the freestyle section of the Toni Sailer/Dave Murray Summer Ski Camp in Whistler from the early 1970s until the 1990s. He has appeared in countless ski movies and was a torch bearer for the 2002 Winter Games.

Award and honours received by Wayne Wong include: named Skiing Magazine's Freestyle Skier of the Year for 1972, named one of Skiing Magazine's 25 Most Influential Skiers of All Time in 1999, voted as one of Ski magazine's Top 100 Skiers of All Time in 2000, received Guardian Angel Award for his dedication to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2004, named one of Powder Magazine's Top 48 Greatest Skiers of Our Time in 2006, received Frances Williams Preston Award from the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Research Center in 2008, and was inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 2009 and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2012.

Percy, Karen

  • CA-AB-PK001
  • Personne
  • b. October 10, 1966

Karen Percy is a retired Canadian skier from Edmonton, Alberta. At the height of her career she was one of the world's top female alpine skiers, with a total of 25 top ten World Cup finishes, four World Championships, and 7 consecutive Canadian National Championships. She won bronze in Downhill and Super G at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, for which she was Canada's flag bearer at the closing ceremony. She became a Member of the Order of Canada the same year, and was inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 1992.

Seizinger, Katja

  • DE-SK001
  • Personne
  • b. May 10, 1972

Katja Seizinger is the most successful alpine ski racer from Germany. She has won three gold and two bronze Olympic medals and won eleven World Cup season titles. She became the first woman to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the same alpine speed event (downhill in 1994 and 1998), and the first woman to successfully depend an Olympic alpine title. Seizinger retired from racing in 1999 after sustaining knee injuries.

McCulloch, Ernie

  • CA-QC-ME002
  • Personne
  • 1926 - August 28, 1987

Ernie F. McCulloch was a renowned Canadian skier of the mid-20th century. He was born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. McCulloch's ski career began in 1945; originally a ski jumper, he soon switched to alpine racing and achieved tremendous success. He defeated the entire French Alpine team in the Quebec Kandahar in 1949, won the US National Giant Slalom Championship, the North American Championship, and the Harriman Cup in 1950, and was voted the "Skier of the Half Century" the same year. Throughout the early 1950s he enjoyed further victories (1951 North American Championships, 1951 and 1952 Harriman Cup, 1951 Peruvian Cup, 1952 Kandahar, 1952 US National and International Downhills, 1953 Ryan Cup) as well as competing in the 1952 Olympic Winter Games in Oslo, Norway.

McCulloch also served as a ski instructor. Early in his his career he was coach to the young Canadian ski champion Lucile Wheeler, travelling to Banff with her to compete in the 1948 Canadian Championships. He later served as the director of the Mont Tremblant Ski School and the Blue Mountain Ski School. During this time he tirelessly re-evaluated and improved his methods for teaching skiing, resulting in Mont Tremblant enjoying a worldwide reputation for excellence under his leadership. He was also made President and Chief Examiner of the Canadian Ski Instructors' Alliance in 1955, 1957, 1959 and 1961, and coached the Canadian Olympic Alpine Ski Team in 1956. He authored several instructional books on skiing, including Learn to Ski (1955), Ski the Champion's Way (1967) and Ski Easy ... The New Technique (1973).

McCulloch was inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 1984.

Burgi, Bernard

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

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

Turgeon, Mélanie

  • CA-QC-TM001
  • Personne
  • b. October 21, 1976

Mélanie Turgeon is a retired Canadian skier born in Alma, Quebec. Originally a member of the Mont Ste. Anne Ski Club, she joined the Canadian National Ski Team in 1992 at the young age of 16. Two years later she won 5 medals, including 2 gold, at the 1994 World Junior Championships. Throughout her career Turgeon had a total of 41 Top Ten finishes, won 8 world-class medals, and competed in three Olympic Games (1994, 1998, and 2002). She enjoyed her greatest success in the 1999-2003 seasons, winning the Super-G World Cup event in 2000 at Innsbruck, Austria, the downhill at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2003 at St. Moritz, Switzerland, and second place in the Super-G and third in the downhill in 2001 at Haus im Ennstal, Austria. These latter victories earned her the distinction of being the first Canadian to stand on the World Cup podium twice in one day. Her highest result in the Olympics was 8th place in the downhill at Salt Lake City, 2002.

Turgeon sustained a back injury that forced her to sit out of the 2003-2004 season. After a brief return to skiing in 2004, she retired from the sport in October 2005. During her career Turgeon had had a partnership with RONA, and this continued after her retirement as she was named RONA Ambassador for its Olympic program (it was an Official National Partner of VANOC and a Canadian Team Partner for the 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012 Olympics).

Lyons, Don

  • CA-LD001
  • Personne
  • fl. 1970-1993

Don Lyons was a ski coach for the Canadian Women's Downhill and Super G teams in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s.

Winters, T.

  • US-WT001
  • Personne
  • fl. 1993

T. Winters is an American skier who served on the jury of the Labatt Blue Whistler Mountain Ski Classic in 1993.

Wills, K.

  • CA-WK001
  • Personne
  • fl. 1993

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

McNolty, S.

  • CA-MS001
  • Personne
  • fl. 1993

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

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