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Wong, Wayne

  • CA-BC-WW001
  • Person
  • 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.

Wirth, Patrick

  • AT-WP002
  • Person
  • b. September 17, 1971

Patrick Wirth is a retired Austrian alpine skier who competed in the 1993 Labatt Blue Men's Downhill and Super G at Whistler Mountain.

Wirnsberger, Peter

  • AT-WP001
  • Person
  • 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.

Winters, T.

  • US-WT001
  • Person
  • 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
  • Person
  • fl. 1993

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

Weirather, Harti

  • AT-WH001
  • Person
  • b. January 25, 1958

Harti Weirather is an Austrian former alpine ski racer who specialized in the downhill. In the early 1980s he won six World Cup downhill races, the 1982 World Championships, and the 1981 World Cup season title. His World Cup win at Kitzbuhel in 1982 was the first ever finishing time for that course under two minutes, and stood as the record for ten years. He currently runs a business consultancy firm in Liechtenstein with his wife, former World Cup champion Hanni Wenzel.

Wasmeier, Markus

  • DE-WM001
  • Person
  • b. September 9, 1963

Markus Wasmeier is a German former alpine ski racer who competed in the 1993 Labatt Blue Men's Downhill and Super G at Whistler Mountain. Throughout his career he won a total of 9 World Cup races, was World Champion in Giant Slalom in 1985, and took home two gold medals (in Giant Slalom and Super G) at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. He was named Sportsman of the Year for 1994 in Germany. Since retiring, Wasmeier has worked as a television commentator, served as a consultant in the German Skiing Federation, studied and taught heritage building restoration, and founded a farm and winter sport museum.

Walker, Chelsey

  • CA-BC-WC001
  • Person
  • fl. 1980-present

Chelsey Walker is a former champion skier and the current executive director of the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program. She moved to the West Coast with her family in 1980 and started ski racing with the Blackcomb Ski Club the following year as part of the first Nancy Greene Ski League. In 1989 she moved up to Whistler full-time in order to attend the Ski Academy at Pemberton Secondary School. Following her racing career, she worked for five and a half years as a guide and assistant with Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing at Blue River, BC.

In 2005 Walker became the Executive Director of the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program (WASP). In this role, she presented at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games and contributed to the 2010 Paralympics through WASP's partnership with the Whistler 2010 Sports Legacies Society, the Whistler Athletes' Centre and the Jeff Harbers Adaptive Sports Centre. In 2011, she received a nomination for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Health and Active Living Category. Walker has also been Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pemberton Children's Center since 2015.

Turgeon, Mélanie

  • CA-QC-TM001
  • Person
  • 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).

Thorsen, C.

  • CA-TC001
  • Person
  • fl. 1993

C. Thorsen is a Canadian skier who served as a forerunner during the 1993 Labatt Blue World Men's Downhill at Whistler Mountain.

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