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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.

Burgi, Bernard

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

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

Burka, Ellen

  • CA-BC-BE008
  • Pessoa
  • 1921-2016

Ellen Burka was a Dutch-Canadian figure skater, coach, and Holocaust survivor. She received the Order of Canada in 1978 and was has been inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (1996), the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame, the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame, and the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. She was the mother and coach of Olympic bronze medalist figure skater Petra Burka.

Brownlie, Georgina

  • CA-BC-BG010
  • Pessoa
  • 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.

Bride, Miriam

  • CA-BC-BM019
  • Pessoa
  • fl. 2006-2007

Miriam Bride is a Whistler teacher, mountain biking team coach, and Canada Cup medal winner.

Bridger, Scott

  • CA-BC-BS012
  • Pessoa
  • fl. 1977-2015

Scott Bridger was a freestyle aerial specialist and one of Canada's top gymnasts. He worked as a coach at the Toni Sailer Summer Ski Camp in the 1970s and 80s, during which time he lived in Vancouver with his wife (?) Colleen. As of 2015 he was the Outdoor Product Development Manager at the Canadian Tire Corporation in Langley, BC.

Burke, Sarah

  • CA-ON-BS001
  • Pessoa
  • 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).

Burgler, Toni

  • CH-BT001
  • Pessoa
  • 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.

Sailer, Gaby

  • DE-SG001
  • Pessoa
  • d. 2000

Gaby Sailer (nee Rummeny) was a German golf champion and the first wife of Toni Sailer. They were married in 1976 in Vancouver and had one son, Florian, born c. 1977. Gaby appeared alongside her husband at the Toni Sailer Summer Ski Camps in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She died of cancer in 2000.