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Kathy Kreiner

Alpine :: Slalom :: Downhill :: Giant Slalom

While she waited in the starting gate, ready to launch herself down the Giant Slalom course at the 1976 Olympic Winter Games at Innsbruck, Austria, Kathy Kreiner said to herself, "They don't know it but I am going to win" (quoted by Danny Gallagher, Public Relations Director for Ontario Sports Legends Hall of Fame).  And she did just that, defeating the prohibitive favourite, Rosi Mittermaier of Germany.  She would be the only Canadian to win a Gold Medal at the 1976 Olympic Winter Games.

She was 7-years of age when she started her racing career at a small ski area in the northern Ontario mining town of Timmins. Seven years later she was named to the Canadian Women's Alpine Ski Team winning her first World Cup Giant Slalom event at Pfronten, Germany in 1974. She would remain on the Women's National team until 1980, competing in 62 World Cup races in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Downhill events and placing in the top ten on 22 occasions... ['CLICK' BELOW TO READ FULL BIOGRAPHY]

Born:  1957

Active Period:  1971 - 1981

Inducted:  1984

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