Nancy Greene was born in Ottawa on May 11 1943. ‘The Tiger’ grew up skiing at Red Mountain in Rossland B.C. She is Canada’s most famous skier of all times. Named Canadian Female Athlete of the Century in 1999. A three times Olympian, she finished her last two years of competitive racing with the first two Overall World Cup titles and two medals at the Grenoble Olympic Games in 1968. Although she only had the chance to compete in the New World Cup circuit for the last two years of her racing career, she won 14 races in only two seasons making her the Canadian with the most victories on the World Cup history.
She remains active in the sport after her racing career. From involvement with her husband Al Raine in the early development of Whistler, they moved on to Sun Peaks. From serving in National Task Force for Fitness and Amateur Sport created by the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to recently been appointed to the Senate of Canada by the current Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Nancy Greene’s Racing Career:
Twice Overall World Cup Champion in the first two years of the circuit (1966-67 & 1967-68).
Twice Giant Slalom World Cup Champion (1966-67 & 1967-68).
14 victories (8 in GS, 3 in Slalom, 3 Downhill).
20 podiums (10 in GS, 7 in Slalom, 3 Downhill).
Olympics Gold in Giant Slalom and Silver in Slalom at Grenoble in 1968.
Canadian National Ski Team – 1959 to 1968
World Championship Teams – 1962 & 1966
Canadian Olympic Teams – 1960, 1964, 1968
17 Canadian Ski Championship titles
3 U.S. Ski Championship titles
Picture used with permission from the Canadian Ski Museum: Text descriptions are also from the CSM.
Some of the Honours & Awards:
Officer of the Order of Canada (1968)
Order of the Dogwood, (BC’s highest award) (1968)
Order of British Columbia (2004)
Canadian ‘Athlete of the Year’ (1967 and 1968)
Amateur Athletic Union ‘Female Athlete of the Year’ (1967)
Canadian Female Athlete of the Century (1999)
HALVA International Skiing Award (1999)
Hon. Doctorate of Laws, University College of the Cariboo (1999)
Hon. Doctorate of Laws, Royal Roads University (2002)
Hon. Doctorate of Laws, Simon Fraser University (2004)
National Sports Hall of Fame
B.C. Sports Hall of Fame
Canadian Ski Hall of Fame
U.S. Ski Hall of Fame
Digital CBC Television Archives:
A star in waiting – Broadcast: Nov. 19, 1967 (7:24)
Skiing, schooling and training – Broadcast: Dec. 21, 1967 (5:57)
The year of the Tiger – Broadcast: Dec. 31, 1968 (13:40)
Skiing and sibling rivalry – Broadcast: Dec. 13, 1996 (5:06)
Ski DB – Alpine Ski Database
Canadian Ski Museum
U.S. Ski Hall of Fame
Nancy Greene’s Official Website