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Irwin, Dave

  • CA-ON-ID001
  • Person
  • b. July 12, 1954

Dave Irwin is a former alpine ski racer and member of the 'Crazy Canucks.' Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, he learned to ski at the age of 3 on his father's ski resort 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 U.S. National Championships. He represented Canada in two Winter Olympics - Innsbruck 1976, at which he finished 8th, and Lake Placid 1980, at which he finished 11th. He won bronze at the 1982 World Cup Downhill in Whistler, retiring the next 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. 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. He currently lives in Canmore, Alberta.

Janyk, Andree

  • CA-BC-JA001
  • Person
  • 1949-2017

Andrée Vajda Janyk was a Whistler councillor, school trustee, skier, coach, and volunteer who won numerous awards for her dedicated service to the community. She skied competitively in her youth and went on to serve as a coach, a founding member of the Blackcomb Ski Club, and a volunteer for the Whistler Mountain Ski Club. Two of her children, Britt and Mike, became Olympic skiers. With a degree in kinesiology from Simon Fraser University and a master's from the University of Brussels, she was a strong advocate for health and fitness, leading the first Fitness Leadership Certificate Program at Capilano University, serving on the national First Summit on Fitness Committee, and running a food co-op to promote eating organically.

Janyk served twelve years as a school trustee in the early 2000s, pushing for a more student-centered learning model during the reorganization of School District 48. She was also instrumental in the growth of youth soccer in Whistler, founding the Whistler Youth Soccer Club with her friend Bob Calladine. In 2011, she was elected to Council for a three-year term, then re-elected in 2014. One of her most important achievements during this time was the creation of the Recreation and Leisure Advisory Committee, for which she served as the Council's first ever appointee. She was still serving on Council at the time of her death from cancer in 2017.

Janyk received many honours, including being named the Whistler Cup Volunteer of the Year, BC Alpine Volunteer of the Year, and Sport BC Community Hero. In 2010 she was crowned Whistler's Citizen of the Year. The Andrée Vajda Janyk Sports Field at Cheakamus Crossing was named in her memory in 2018.

Janyk, Britt

  • CA-BC-JB001
  • Person
  • b. 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 the brother of World Cup alpine skier Michael Janyk. Born in North Vancouver, she learned to ski on Whistler Mountain in her early childhood and joined the Whistler Mountain Ski Club as a teenager in 1996.

Janyk debuted in the World Cup in 1999. She started out with slalom and giant slalom, but after nearly losing her place on the 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 2007-08 season, during which Janyk placed third overall. Her Olympic debut was at the 2010 Winter Games in 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, and a salesperson at Peak Performance and a 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 2011-12.

Jarvis, B.

  • CA-JB001
  • Person
  • fl. 1993

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

Klammer, Franz

  • AT-KF001
  • Person
  • b. December 3, 1953

Franz Klammer is a former alpine ski racer from Austria. He dominated the World Cup downhill event for four consecutive seasons from 1975 to 1978, winning 25 downhills in all and holding the record for the most victories on the Kitzbühel course. He also won gold in the downhill at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck.

Lang, Serge

  • FR-LS001
  • Person
  • June 6, 1920 - November 21, 1999

Serge Lang was a French alpine skier known for founding the Alpine Skiing World Cup. He began conceiving of it in the mid-1960s as a means of increasing the international profile of alpine skiing, which was then a largely central European sport. The first unofficial World Cup season began in January 1967; that spring it became an official FIS (Federation Internationale de Ski)-sanctioned event. Lang continued to guide its growth over the coming decades, serving as president of the FIS Alpine World Cup committee from 1973 to 1986.

Lang was also a journalist who covered alpine, cycling, and other sports, including the 1948 Winter Olympics, for publications such as Blick, La Suisse, 24 Heures, and L’Équipe. It was he who coined the name 'Crazy Canucks' for the Canadian skiers Dave Murray, Steve Podborski, Ken Read, Dave Irwin, and 'Jungle' Jim Hunter. He founded the Association of International Ski Journalists in 1961 and wrote several books about ski racing and the World Cup, including “21 Years of World Cup Ski Racing” and the annual “Ski World Cup Guide.” His children and grandchildren have carried on the family tradition of involvement in the World Cup and the Tour de France bicycle race.

Lichtenegger, Michael

  • AT-LM001
  • Person
  • b. 1971

Michael Lichtenegger is a retired Austrian alpine skier active during the 1990s. He competed in the 1993 Labatt Blue Men's Downhill at Whistler Mountain.

Linneberg, Nils

  • CL-LN001
  • Person
  • b. October 4, 1967

Nils Linneberg is a Chilean skier who competed in the 1993 Labatt Blue Men's Downhill and Super G at Whistler Mountain, as well as the 1988, 1992, 1994, and 1998 Winter Olympics.

Lyons, Don

  • CA-LD001
  • Person
  • 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.

Mahre, Phil

  • US-WA-MP001
  • Person
  • b. May 10, 1957

Phil Mahre is a former alpine ski racer widely considered one of the greatest American skiers of all time. He and his twin brother Steve competed on the World Cup circuit from 1976 to 1984. Mahre placed among the top three in the World Cup overall standings for six consecutive seasons, winning the title in the final three. He won gold at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and silver at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. In 2010 he carried the Olympic torch across the U.S.-Canada border en route to the Vancouver games.

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