As I stated in this week’s previous post ; 35 years ago this week the era of the Crazy Canucks was born. That post is full of information and includes various links to audio and video clips mainly from CBC-Radio-Canada digital archives plus links to the skiers World Cup data and information from the Canada Ski Hall of Fame.
Here is my favorite link from that post. It represents well what the challenges and triumphs that Crazy Canucks had in 1979. This is a story that was broadcasted on March 6, 1979 on the CBC’s Fifth Estate. To the American reader of this blog, the show is mostly investigation stories which could be seen as similar to CBS’ 60 minutes.
CBC’s Fifth Estate (Broadcast Date: March 6, 1979): The ‘Crazy Canucks’, more famous in Europe.
Here is what the CBC Digital Archive site has to say about The ‘Crazy Canucks’, more famous in Europe.
The four members of the Crazy Canucks – Ken Read, Steve Podborski, Dave Irwin and Dave Murray – are very popular in the mountainous regions of Europe. Their appeal is clear in this 1979 CBC-TV clip from The Fifth Estate, which catches the foursome traveling from one ski town to another and being welcomed warmly by the locals. “They’re full-fledged stars there, and they’re on the level of movie stars over there,” says Canada’s alpine team coach John Ritchie. He believes the Canadians are not just celebrities – they are a genuine threat to European ski supremacy.
Program: The Fifth Estate
Broadcast Date: March 6, 1979
Guest(s): Dave Irwin, Steve Podborski, Ken Read, John Ritchie, Andy Shaw
Host: Ian Parker
This clip was edited for copyright reasons.
World Cup race footage: International Ski Federation