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Sailer, Toni

  • AT-ST001
  • Person
  • November 17, 1935 - August 24, 2009

Toni Sailer was one of the greatest alpine skiers of all time, and for many years he was the head coach of Whistler's Toni Sailer Summer Ski Camp. He was born Anton Englebert Sailer in Kitzbühel in 1935, where he was trained as a glazier and tin smith.

Sailer won more than 170 major ski races and helped to shape Austria's image as a skiing nation. At the 1956 Olympics in Cortina, Italy, Sailer became the first skier to win all three alpine gold medals at a Winter Olympics. In addition to these Olympic victories, he also collected seven world championship gold medals and one silver.

At the age of 23 he retired from competition and went on to become a film and singing star, playing the leading role in more than 20 movies. In the later 1960s Sailer was recruited by Roy Ferris and Allan White, owners of the Cheakamus Inn, to lead the summer ski camp they organized on Whistler Mountain.

For more than a decade Sailer spent his summers in Whistler, coaching young ski racers. Members of the camp's coaching staff included Nancy Greene Raine, French innovator Patrick Russel, Greg Lee and freestyle legend Wayne Wong.

Sailer married his first wife, Gaby Rummeny, in Vancouver in 1976. They had a son together named Florian. Years after Rummeny passed away Sailer got remarried to a woman named Hedwig Fischer.

Sailer also produced Toni Sailer skis in Canada during the early 1970s and served as technical director of the Austrian Ski Federation between 1972 and 1976. As well, for many years Sailer was the race director of the prestigious Hahnenkamm downhill in his hometown of Kitzbühel.

In 1985, Sailer was awarded the Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and in 1999 he was awarded Austria's sportsman of the century.

He died of cancer in Innsbruck, Austria in 2009 at the age of 73.

Schiele, Armand

  • FR-SA001
  • Person
  • b. June 7, 1967

Armand Schiele is a retired French alpine skier who competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics and the 1993 Labatt Blue Men's Downhill and Super G at Whistler Mountain.

Seizinger, Katja

  • DE-SK001
  • Person
  • b. May 10, 1972

Katja Seizinger is the most successful alpine ski racer from Germany. She has won three gold and two bronze Olympic medals and won eleven World Cup season titles. She became the first woman to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the same alpine speed event (downhill in 1994 and 1998), and the first woman to successfully depend an Olympic alpine title. Seizinger retired from racing in 1999 after sustaining knee injuries.

Spiess, Ulrich

  • AT-SU001
  • Person
  • b. August 15, 1955

Ulrich Spiess is a former alpine ski racer from Austria. He participated in the 1977-1983 World Cups.

Steele, David

  • PR-SD001
  • Person
  • fl. 1993

David Steele is a Puerto Rican skier who participated in the 1993 Labatt Blue Men's Downhill at Whistler Mountain.

Stiansen, Tom

  • NO-ST001
  • Person
  • b. September 3, 1970

Tom Stiansen is a Norwegian former alpine skier who participated in the 1993 Labatt Blue Men's Downhill and Super G at Whistler Mountain. Stiansen received five World Cup podium finishes between 1996 and 2004 and won the World Championship slalom in 1997. He now presents the reality TV program "71 grader nord" (71 Degrees North).

Stock, Leonhard

  • AT-SL001
  • Person
  • b. March 14, 1958

Leonhard Stock is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Austria. He won the gold medal in the downhill at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics.

Sulliger, Marcel

  • CH-SM001
  • Person
  • b. July 17, 1967

Marcel Sulliger is a retired Swiss alpine skier who competed in the 1994 Winter Olympics and the 1993 Labatt Blue Men's Downhill and Super G at Whistler Mountain.

Tauscher, Hansjoerg

  • DE-TH001
  • Person
  • b. September 15, 1967

Hansjörg Tauscher is a retired German alpine skier who participated in the 1993 Labatt Blue Downhill and Super G at Whistler Mountain. He won gold in the downhill at the 1989 World Championships in Vail.

Taylor, B.

  • CA-TB001
  • Person
  • fl. 1993

B. Taylor 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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