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Residence: Calgary, AB
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Weight: 119 lbs
Thus far in skiing circles, Stefan Read is better known as the nephew of former Crazy Canuck and current Canadian Ski Czar Ken Read than for what he has accomplished on the slopes. But he's hoping to change that and make a name for himself in the process as he slowly makes inroads into the European dominated ski jumping event.
The Canadian ski jumping scene has been what it once was since the 1980's and 90's when Horst Bulau was busy racking up 13 career World Cup wins. That is, until now. With the 18-year-old Read now in the fold, Canada may once again be ready to garner its share of headlines after missing out on the last three Olympic games on the heels of a last-place finish at Albertville in 1992.
A strong performance at the Summer Grand Prix, including a 20th-place finish at the season-ending event in Hakuba, Japan, helped Read finish the eight-event summer season in 45th place. Competing in just five of the events, Read had four Top-40 results.
When combined with the youngster's 15th-place finish at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Rovaniemi, Finland in March 2005, it becomes clear there's a light at the end of the tunnel for a program that's been struggling for far too long.
2006 Skijumping Coverage