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Ken Read

Alpine :: Downhill :: Slalom

More than 20-years after his competitive career ended, Ken Read remains one of Canada's most recognized sports personalities.  A member of the national alpine ski team from 1973 to 1983, he was leader of the fabled "Crazy Canucks", the fearless downhill racers who, from 1975 to 1984, proved themselves the equal of Europe's most talented downhill skiers. He had 5-World Cup victories including the Hahnenkamm at Kitzbuhel, Austria, a notoriously difficult course and highlight of the World Cup downhill circuit, and the legendary Lauberhorn at Wengen, Switzerland.  His first victory at Val d'Isere, France, in 1975 was also the first time that any member of a North American men's team had won a downhill event on the World Cup circuit.  At the national level, he won 6-Canadian Championship titles before his retirement from active competition in March, 1983.  He was a member of Canada's team at the 1976 Xll Olympic Winter Games at Innsbruck, Austria, where he placed 5th and was present again at the 1980 Xlll Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid, USA where he suffered the great misfortune of losing his left ski just 15-seconds into the downhill race... ['CLICK' BELOW TO READ FULL BIOGRAPHY]

Born:  1955

Active Period:  1973 - 1983

Inducted:  1987

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