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Canada's Olympic Skiing/Snowboarding Memories

1968 Grenoble, France

Canadian Olympic women's alpine team [L to R; back]: Nancy Greene, Pat Ramage (manager), Verne Anderson (coach) [L to R; front]: Judy Crawford, Betsy Clifford, Judi Leinweber, Karen Dokka - CSM#

Yet again, controversy plagued the Xth Olympiad as ski teams rebelled against International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Avery Brundage's continuing proclamation that the display of trade names on skis and other equipment would not be allowed during television interviews. Despite the fact that ski industries' financial commitment allowed for high levels of international competition, as well as the use of the best available ski equipment, the IOC President's judgment continued to prevail, therefore there would be no publicity for the ski industry.

Competing on the men's alpine team were Wayne and Scott Henderson, Peter Duncan, Bob Swan, Bill McKay, Keith Shepherd, Rod Hebron, Gerri Rinaldi, accompanied by manager, Patricia Ramage, and coach, John Platt. On the nordic team were Rolf Pettersen, Nils Skulbru, Dave Rees,with coach, Sture Grahn.

Canadian Olympic biathlon team

Canadian Olympic biathlon team [L to R]: John McGill, George Ede, J.P. Savary, Ernie Grossek (coach), James Boyde, George Rattai, Esko Karu - CSM#

Overall, the Canadians in both alpine and nordic events continued to improve, in particular alpine skier Betsy Clifford, who, at 14 years of age, was the youngest Canadian skier to compete in the Olympic Winter Games.

After eight years of competing on the Canadian National team, reigning World Cup Champion, Nancy "The Tiger" Greene only needed an Olympic medal to add to a list of incredible skiing achievements. To the delight of an expectant nation, she won two medals; a gold in the giant slalom by an impressive 2.6 second margin, and a silver in the slalom even though she was still recovering from an ankle injury. She became the first Canadian to win two Olympic skiing medals stating that her gold medal run in the giant slalom was "... perhaps... my greatest race ever".

Canadian Olympic ski jumping team

Canadian Olympic ski jumping team [L to R]: Claude Trahan, John McInnes, Lloyd Severud (coach), Ulf Kvendbo - CSM#

Ulf Kvendbo

Ulf Kvendbo

Opening date: February 6, 1968
Closing date: February 18, 1968
Candidate cities: Calgary (CAN), Lahti/Are (SWE), Sapporo (JPN), Oslo (NOR), Lake Placid (USA)

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