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Ashton, Glenn

  • CA-BC-AG003
  • Personne
  • fl. 1980s-

Glenn Ashton is the owner of Whiscomb Artisan Project. He lives in Whistler.

Brown, Pamela

  • CA-BC-BP012
  • Personne
  • fl. 1983

Pamela Brown was a resident or visitor of Whistler who was photographed skiing by Greg Griffith in 1983.

Canadian National Alpine Ski Team

  • CA-BC-CAN-006
  • Collectivité
  • fl. 1956-

The Canadian National Alpine Ski Team comprises athletes who are, or who will, participate in events on the World Cup circuit and/or the Olympic Games. Both men and women have a national team and a different coaching staff. Athletes who are not yet ready or old enough to take part at the highest level of competition are thus placed on the development team, while members who have earned a permanent spot are on the senior team. The Canadian National Alpine Ski Team has participated in every Winter Olympic Games since its inception in 1956, winning at least one medal in each Games.

Women have dominated Canada’s Olympic medal count in alpine skiing, starting with Lucile Wheeler who won downhill bronze at Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1956. Anne Heggtveit got the first gold four years later in the slalom at Squaw Valley in 1960. Nancy Greene was Canada’s first double medallist in alpine skiing, winning giant slalom gold and slalom silver at Grenoble in 1968. Karen Percy has a pair of bronze medals from Calgary in 1988, in the downhill and super-G. Gold medals were also won by Kathy Kreiner in the giant slalom at Innsbruck in 1976 and Kerrin Lee-Gartner in the downhill at Albertville in 1992.

Famous internationally for their daring assaults on the toughest, iciest courses, the "Crazy Canucks" took the international press by storm in the 1970s and 1980s. Ken Read, Steve Podborski, Dave Murray, "Jungle" Jim Hunter, and Dave Irwin challenged the Europeans on the World Cup circuit at a level previously unseen. These skiers provided consistent excitement with 14 World Cup victories and dozens of top 10 placings. Under coaches Glenn Wurtele and former Austrian coach Heinz Stohl, a new, younger group of men, including Rob Boyd, Brian Stemmle, and Felix Belczyk, emerged in the mid-1980s, with Boyd winning at Val Gardena, Italy, in 1987 and at home in Whistler, BC, in 1989. In early 1988 Belczyk won Canada's first Alpine World Cup supergiant slalom, in Leukerbad, Switzerland.

Boyd, Rob

  • CA-BC-BR017
  • Personne
  • February 15, 1966 -

Rob Boyd was born February 15, 1966 to parents Sandy and Molly Boyd. His father owned a skihill in Vernon, BC, before selling it and moving his family to Whistler in 1982 when Rob was 16 years old, which had him skiing at Whistler Mountain. He is a Canadian former alpine skier who competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics. In 1989, he was the first Canadian alpine skier to win a downhill on home soil in Creekside, at Whistler Mountain. Boyd's own career with the national ski team spanned 13 seasons, followed by three seasons racing professionally. He had six career podiums including three wins, and placed in the top 15 on the World Cup circuit 28 times. He got married and had two children, both boys. He began coaching the Whistler Mountain Ski Club (WMSC) racing team in 2002, but was called up several years later to coach the women's national ski team. Under his guidance, the team posted some of its top results, with Britt Janyk, Emily Brydon and Kelly VanderBeek finding the podium. In 2003, he was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame, and also married Sherry Newstead. As of 2010, he came back to the WMSC as Head Coach and Sport Development Manager. In recent years he has shifted his focus to working in real estate with the Thornhill Real Estate Group. He currently lives in Whistler with his family.

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