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Makeev, Vladimir

  • RU-MV001
  • Person
  • b. September 11, 1957

Vladimir Makeev is a former Soviet alpine skier who competed in the 1980 and 1984 Winter Olympics and the 1982 Molson World Downhill at Whistler.

Marksten, Didrik

  • NO-MD001
  • Person
  • b. March 1, 1971

Didrik Marksten is a Norwegian former alpine skier who competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics and the 1993 Labatt Blue Men's Downhill and Super G at Whistler Mountain. He represented the club Idrettsforeningen Ready.

Martin, Gianfranco

  • IT-MG001
  • Person
  • b. February 15, 1970

Gianfranco Martin is an Italian alpine skier who competed in the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics, as well as the 1993 Labatt Blue Men's Downhill and Super G at Whistler Mountain.

Martin, J.

  • CA-MJ001
  • Person
  • fl. 1993

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

McCulloch, Ernie

  • CA-QC-ME002
  • Person
  • 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.

McLeish, Robin

  • CA-ON-MR001
  • Person
  • fl. 1971-present

Robin McLeish is a Canadian former World Cup skier who competed from 1977 to 1984. Originally from Ontario, he started racing with the Camp Fortune Ski Club, participating in the Pontiac Cup, Can-Am, Europa Cup, and World Cup. He then moved on to the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, with which he raced in locations including Whistler, Alpen, Val-d'Isere, Kitzbuhel, Wengen, and Lake Louise. He was the Canadian downhill champion in March 1981.

Following his retirement, McLeish served as race director and territory manager for Salomon Ski from 1984 to 1995, promoting the ski brand across Canada and securing the first three World Cup downhill athletes who used them (Rob Boyd, Ralf Socher, and Luke Sauder). He was the race manager for Benetton Group from 1996 to 1997 and the alpine race manager and sales representative for Fischer Sports from 2005 to 2013. He founded Outfront Sports Corp, British Columbia's leading year-round mountain sports agency, in 1996 and has served as its president and sales representative since then.

Robin McLeish received the City of Kanata Civic Award in 1981 for recognition of achievement in skiing and the Canadian Ski Council’s Appreciation Award in 1991 for outstanding contribution to the sport of skiing in Canada.

McNolty, S.

  • CA-MS001
  • Person
  • fl. 1993

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

Mealey, John

  • CA-ON-MJ001
  • Person
  • b. 1968

John Mealey is a former member of the Canadian National Alpine Ski Team. Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, he started skiing at the age of two and later joined the Soo Ski Runners team, which was coached by his father. Mealey won the slalom race at the 1983 Canadian Juvenile Ski Championships. He went on to have a number of podium finishes in the Europa Cup and Nor-Am Cup Races in the late 1980s and early 1990s and sixteen Top 20 finishes in World Cup races between 1990 and 1994. Among the races he competed in were the 1993 Labatt Blue Men's Downhill and Super G at Whistler Mountain. He won the title of Canadian Downhill Champion at Lake Louise in 1994. He has also participated three times in the "24 hours of Aspen" race, an international endurance contest in which racers raise money for charity. In 2004 he was inducted into the Sault Ste. Marie Sports Hall of Fame. As of that same year, he was the chairman of Alpine Ontario.

Müller, Peter

  • CH-MP001
  • Person
  • 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.

Murray, Dave

  • CA-BC-MD003
  • Person
  • September 9, 1953 - October 23, 1990

David 'Dave' Murray was a Canadian alpine ski racer, a member of the Crazy Canucks, and a pivotal figure in Whistler's ski history. Born in Vancouver, Murray first took up ski racing at age 15 and joined the Canadian National Ski Team at 21 in 1974. He was one of the three founding members of the Crazy Canucks (along with fellow ski racers 'Jungle' Jim Hunter and Dave Irwin) and reportedly acted as the moderator and "conscience" of the group, according to teammate Steve Podborski. Murray participated in two Olympic Games - at Innsbruck in 1976 and Lake Placid in 1980, at which he finished tenth in the downhill - and three FIS World Championships (1974, 1978, and 1982). He competed on the FIS World Circuit for six years. Although Murray never won a World Cup event, he finished in the top ten 15 times, four of these being in his best season (1975/76). He was ranked first place overall in the 1979 Shell Cup Canadian National Championships, and won second place in the 1977 Shell Cup Giant Slalom, the 1978 FIS World Cup Downhills at Les Houches and Schladming, and the 1979 and 1981 Canadian National Championships Downhill. He was named BC Athlete of the Year in 1979.

Following the 1981/82 season, Murray retired from competitive skiing and returned to British Columbia. He became the director of skiing at Whistler-Blackcomb, founding the world-renowned Dave Murray Ski School in 1988. He headed the newly-christened Dave Murray Summer Ski Camps (replacing the Toni Sailer Summer Ski Camps) from 1984 until his death in 1990, coaching children and youth aged 10-18 on Whistler Glacier. He also headed Masters camps for adults. In addition, Murray became National Chair of the Canadian Masters Alpine Series, served as a Level III Coach for the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation and a Level III Instructor for the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance, and acted as a product consultant and spokesperson for many companies involved in the ski industry. In 1985, he was inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame.

Dave Murray tragically died from skin cancer in Vancouver at the age of 37. He was survived by his wife, Stephanie Sloan, a freestyle skiing pioneer and world champion, and 22-month-old daughter, Julia. Sloan continued running the Dave Murray Summer Ski Camps throughout the 1990s, while Julia grew up to join Canada's Ski Cross Team and Compete at the 2010 Olympics. Dave Murray was honoured with induction into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. The downhill course on Whistler Mountain was named in his memory in April 1991; it hosted World Cup Downhill and Super-G races from 1993 to 1995, was used for the 2010 Winter Olympics, and is noted as being among the best downhill runs in the world.

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