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Robert (Bob) Richardson

1927 - 2004

Alpine :: Downhill :: Giant Slalom :: Coach :: Instructor

Robert Claude Richardson was born on 31 December 1927 in Magog, Quebec.  He lived with his grandmother until her death in 1945 when he moved to Mont Tremblant, Quebec, and joined the Herman Gadner Slalom School at Gray Rocks, St Jovite, Quebec.  He came to skiing relatively late at the age of 15 in 1942 after becoming involved in cutting a trail with a group of friends at Mont Orford in the Eastern Townships, Quebec, the initiative of a Dr. Marston Adams, a local dentist, who lent Bob Richardson a pair of skis.  A natural athlete, he quickly took to the sport and, in his own words, "...seriously taught myself to ski, practicing right and left turns until they felt right.  I absolutely loved the sport".

Encouraged by Joseph Ryan, owner of Mont Tremblant, and ski school director, the legendary John Fripp, and others, Bob Richardson learned to race.  Five years later in 1950 following a number of significant victories on the Canadian skiing circuit, he was selected to join the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) team... ['CLICK' BELOW TO READ FULL BIOGRAPHY]

Active Period:  1945 - 1995

Inducted:  1997

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