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Burgler, Toni

  • CH-BT001
  • Personne
  • 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.

Brownlie, Georgina

  • CA-BC-BG010
  • Personne
  • 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.

Duvillard, Adrien

  • FR-DA001
  • Personne
  • February 8, 1969 -

Adrien Duvillard is a retired French alpine skier who competed in the 1992 and 1998 Winter Olympics and the 1993 Labatt Blue Men's Downhill and Super G at Whistler Mountain.

Murray, Dave

  • CA-BC-MD003
  • Personne
  • 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.

Wong, Wayne

  • CA-BC-WW001
  • Personne
  • b. October 17, 1950

Wayne Wong is a Canadian ski champion and the innovator of freestyle/'hotdog' skiing. He is widely considered to be one of the most influential skiers of the 20th century.

Born in Vancouver, Wong had his first ski lesson at the age of 11. In 1971, as a ski school instructor at Mount Seymour, he was persuaded by friends to enter the inaugural National Championships of Exhibition Skiing at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Wong won third place, launching a career that would see him receive international acclaim. He pioneered an unrestricted, inventive new style of skiing, characterized by daring stunts such as the "Wong Banger" and "Wongmill."

Wong was a member of the K2 and Salomon Freestyle Ski Teams from 1972 to 1976, achieving numerous victories. He was the Europa Cup Freestyle Champion in 1973, the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Skiing Champion and the Japanese International Freestyle Skiing Champion in 1975, and the World Powder 8 Champion in 1984, 1986, and 1987. Wong was also a Level 4 Certified member of the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance and served as a member of the CSIA's Interski team in Czechoslovakia in 1975. He served as the director of the freestyle section of the Toni Sailer/Dave Murray Summer Ski Camp in Whistler from the early 1970s until the 1990s. He has appeared in countless ski movies and was a torch bearer for the 2002 Winter Games.

Award and honours received by Wayne Wong include: named Skiing Magazine's Freestyle Skier of the Year for 1972, named one of Skiing Magazine's 25 Most Influential Skiers of All Time in 1999, voted as one of Ski magazine's Top 100 Skiers of All Time in 2000, received Guardian Angel Award for his dedication to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2004, named one of Powder Magazine's Top 48 Greatest Skiers of Our Time in 2006, received Frances Williams Preston Award from the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Research Center in 2008, and was inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 2009 and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2012.

Burns, Terry

  • CA-BC-BT011
  • Personne
  • fl. 1982-1993

Terry Burns was a skier associated with Labatt's Breweries. He recruited the retired ski racer Bob Styan to be the B.C. ski coordinator for Labatt's in the early 1980s. During the 1993 Labatt Blue Whistler Mountain Ski Classic, he was in charge of on-hill signage for sponsor sales.

Weirather, Harti

  • AT-WH001
  • Personne
  • b. January 25, 1958

Harti Weirather is an Austrian former alpine ski racer who specialized in the downhill. In the early 1980s he won six World Cup downhill races, the 1982 World Championships, and the 1981 World Cup season title. His World Cup win at Kitzbuhel in 1982 was the first ever finishing time for that course under two minutes, and stood as the record for ten years. He currently runs a business consultancy firm in Liechtenstein with his wife, former World Cup champion Hanni Wenzel.

Mahre, Phil

  • US-WA-MP001
  • Personne
  • 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.

Burgi, Bernard

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

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

Brown, Grant

  • CA-BG001
  • Personne
  • fl. 1970s-1999

Grant Brown was a Canadian ski racer who went on to serve as a racing coach at the Dave Murray Summer Ski Camp in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was also the founder and Head Coach of the Wilmot Ski Team at Wilmot Mountain, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, as well as the Head Coach for the United States Ski Association Central Division.

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