November 7, 2017
2017 Hall of Fame Recognition Awards
Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame Salutes The International Performance of Alberta’s Best
Canmore (AB) – The vision of Alberta Alpine is “To lead, inspire and support world leading programs and athletes in alpine ski racing”. In 2017, the hard work of many dedicated coaches, volunteers, clubs and parents resulted in more exciting moments on the World Cup Tour, with World Junior Championship podium results and NCAA podiums, as Albertans cheered on the best from our ski community.
The primary goal within the high performance stream is to move athletes from the Alberta Ski Team to the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, with the technical foundation to be successful on the international stage. Alberta can take great pride in the results of athletes who have grown up in our system. The relentless work of coaches and volunteers at every ski resort in our province has built a system that has moved athletes from the Canadian Rockies to international podiums.
For more than fifty years, local athletes have represented Canada. In 1972, “Jungle” Jim Hunter became the first Albertan to reach an international podium with a World Championship bronze. Karen Percy, Edi Podivinsky, Cary Mullen, Thomas Grandi, Johnny Kucera, Jan Hudec and two members of the six-athlete Nations Team Event who took silver at the 2015 World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek.
Collegiate ski racing is also a highly valued goal for athletes of the Alberta Ski Team. Alberta has consistently been the best represented region at the annual NCAA Ski Championships.
In announcing support to these athletes racing with NCAA schools, Alberta Alpine President, Nigel Loring clearly laid out the purpose and goals of the program: “Alberta Alpine recognizes that a number of graduates from Alberta ski racing programs continue to ski competitively at the University and College level. In doing so, these senior athletes committed to not only a post-secondary education but also the pursuit of elite athletics in our sport. It is the intent of Alberta Alpine to recognize these individuals and provide them with extended opportunities in support of their continued improvement of their world rankings, pursuit of a NCAA championship, and potential international representation of Canada on the World Cup or Olympic stage.
The Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame “Awards of Recognition” acknowledge the results from the past season amongst successful graduates of the ski clubs and programs of Alberta Alpine. These athletes are already preparing for the 2017-18 season, so will only attend the annual Hall of Fame Induction Event if they are in the Calgary area on November 8th.
For 2017 the athletes are:
- International Ski Cross Athlete: Brady Leman (CARC) 2nd World Cup Overall; 7 World Cup podiums including a win at the Canadian Tour stop in Blue Mountain, Ontario
- International Para-alpine Athlete: Alana Ramsay (CADS Alberta) four medals at the IPC World Championships in St. Moritz (SUI) and five podiums on the IPC World Cup Tour.
- International Para-alpine Guide: Jack Leitch (CARC) guide for visually-impaired athlete Mack Marcoux, leading his teammate to the downhill World Cup title and four gold medals in DH, SG, GS and SL at the IPC World Championships.
- International Female Alpine Athlete: Amelia Smart (Team Panorama) 2017 Nor-Am Cup GS champion; with individual Nor-Am wins in GS and Alpine Combined.
- International Alpine & NCAA Male Athlete: Erik Read (University of Denver / Banff Alpine Racers) four top-10 FIS Alpine World Cup results; placed 3rd in the 2017 NCAA Slalom Finals
- NCAA Female Athlete: Jocelyn McCarthy (Montana State University / Rabbit Hill Ski Club) placed 17th in slalom and 23rd in giant slalom at the 2017 NCAA Slalom Finals.
According to Alberta Alpine Athletics Director, Cam Stephen “Inspiration, motivation, focus and work ethic – all positive things these senior athletes bring back to the table for our younger generations”.
The Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame and Alberta Alpine are pleased to recognize the 2017 recipients of the Awards of Recognition.
The Class of 2017 of Honoured Inductees will take place at the Hotel Arts in Calgary on Wednesday, November 8th as the feature event of the Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame. This is a free event for all supporters of alpine ski racers.
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