Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees
Recognizing an extraordinary commitment of five sport leaders to alpine ski racing and our athletes.
Canmore (AB) – The Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame announced the Class of 2021 – five dedicated leaders who have made a life-long contribution to alpine ski racing and through their leadership have supported the development of athletes and lifted the running of ski races.
“Recognizing the contribution of those dedicated officials, volunteers and builders who have built our sport is very important,” said Alberta Alpine President Pat Gillespie. “These remarkable personalities have made a difference – profoundly lifting our sport. Their leadership has given so many current and future ski racing champions the support they need to succeed. Our events are better. Our athlete development better. We are thrilled that this event can ensure the impact of our Honoured Inductees on our sport can be acknowledged and celebrated.”
The Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame Class of 2021:
Randy Pruden – Honoured Builder – If you’ve raced, officiated, or watched a World Cup or FIS Downhill or Super-G in Western Canada over the last 29 years, you owe a significant debt to Randy. In ’94 as a young resident of Jasper who’d been pressed to help-out at a few FIS ski races, he landed at the Lake Louise World Cup and was “hooked”. So began a passion to learn how things work, to make every improvement possible, and a total commitment to disciplined attention to detail that elevated him to being the de facto leader in Canada for designing, implementing, and developing the complex on-course systems critical to athlete safety in Speed – especially at the Lake and Vancouver 2010. From his humble beginnings he grew to lead and build the exceptional capacities of the respected Net Monkeys for over 20 years.
Mark Stein – Honoured Coach and Volunteer – Mark has been an Institution in Skiing in Northern Alberta.
As an Edmonton based Ski Racer from 12 years old, when he met Nancy Greene at a book signing and joining the Nancy Greene League the next season, to the Alberta North Ski Team at 16, and then moving to Coaching with the Bears Ski Team starting in 1984 and the Edmonton Ski Club starting in 2003, Mark has been impactful in Alberta Ski Racing, touching 100’s of Alberta Ski Racers. He was also a PWA Pro Tour Racer and a Masters Ski Racer for 12 years, and “Man he was Fast!”
Charlie Locke – Presidents Award – Since the first World Cup at Lake Louise, in 1980, Charlie Locke and the entire Locke family have been enormous supporters of all levels of competition: from the Winterstart World Cups for men and women, the annual Nor-Am races and many other FIS and Alberta Alpine competitions on the legendary Olympic downhill. For over 40 years, Charlie and his management team at Lake Louise have worked closely with and supported race committees, giving athletes who aspire to aim for the highest levels, a quality training and competition venue. Our community is deeply grateful for this tremendously important leadership to our sport, which benefits our athletes of all levels, from their first races right to the highest levels of international competition.
Marj Ritcey/Dorothy Baillie – Honoured Officials/Leaders – From the familiar start as ski racing parents with the Skimeisters of Calgary, Marge & Dorothy became the duo that welcomed the world to the offices of Alberta Alpine, as the energetic leaders our ski racing community relied on for two decades. From communications, to club relations to keeping the administration running smoothly, they were always available and also lending a helping hand at races. They covered it all: from Nancy Greene League races to the Olympic Winter Games: always putting athletes first.
Paul Stutz – Honoured Alberta/Canadian Alpine Ski Team Alumni – A graduate of the Banff Alpine Racers, Paul represented Canada at the highest level for a decade, including two World Championship Teams and four Canadian Championship titles. Paul’s dedication to ski racing reached beyond the race hill, serving as an athlete representative and ACA Board member. He continues to support the next generation as a sponsor and in industry, in addition to the new role as a “ski dad’.
The 2021 Inductees will be honoured at the Highest Peak Gala in spring/2022 when we are able to bring together the ski racing community.
The Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame event is a legacy event with the goal to support future champions in the province, with all proceeds invested into Alberta Ski Racing programs.
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For more information:
Pat Gillespie, Alberta Alpine