Thirty-Five years ago.
An 18 year old girl from Timmins in Northern Ontario named Kathy Kreiner.
At the Giant Slalom in Innsbruck 1976 Olympic Games.
Surprised, unlike the anticipated win from Franz Klammer the previous week. Kathy Kreiner had only won one World Cup race, a GS back in 1974 when she was only 16. At that time she had only two other podiums previous to the 1976 Olympics. Two bronze medals at GS races in Anchorage in 1973 when she was 15 and one in Garibaldi (Whistler) in 1975.
Member of the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame, the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics Games were going to be an finest moment.
This event was my first real awareness of ski racing (and the Olympics). The Montreal Games were going to happen that summer, so there was a lot of buzz in the city about the Olympics as the city was getting ready to the host the World a few months later.
Kathy Kreiner’s World Cup career lasted ten season, a career that started when she was only 14 back in 1971-72 and ended in 1980-81.
At the end of the career, she had reached a World Cup podium 7 times (GS: 6, DH: 1) with 1 victory back in 1974. Of course, there is also her Olympic Gold. Kathy Kreiner, the only Canadian to win an Olympic Gold in the 1976 (Winter and Summer games in Montreal).
Kathy Kreiner’s biography on the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame.
Kathy Kreiner’s career statistics on Ski DB.
All pictures above are used with permission from the Canadian Ski Museum
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