Ontario continues to produce great skiers

Members of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team from the left: Maddie Irwin, Erin Mielzynski, Roni Remme,...

Members of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team from the left: Maddie Irwin, Erin Mielzynski, Roni Remme, Phil Brown, Julia Roth and Candace Crawford. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:32 AM ET

TORONTO - If Ontario was an independent country, it would hardly be considered an alpine nation. There are no famous peaks, no guys with funny hats blowing alphorns. The highest point is Ishpatina Ridge, which is only 2,274 feet above sea level.

Yet the province has produced an amazing number of incredibly successful alpine ski racers — more than anywhere else in Canada and even more so than some European nations. Think about it: Ontario, a province with basically one major-league ski area (Collingwood, which isn’t anywhere near an actual mountain range), has produced two Olympic champions (Anne Heggtveit and Kathy Kreiner), a world champion (Kate Pace), and multiple World Cup race winners (Steve Podborski, Dave Irwin, Todd Brooker, Liisa Savijarvi, Laurie Graham). Podborski, from Toronto, and Thunder Bay native Irwin made up one half of the famed Crazy Canucks, who ruled the downhill ski world back in the 1970’s and ’80s.


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