Catching up with Canadian ski jumping legend Horst Bulau

Canadian ski jumper Horst Bulau competed in four Olympics and won 13 World Cup events over his...

Canadian ski jumper Horst Bulau competed in four Olympics and won 13 World Cup events over his illustrious career. (Scott Grant/Canadian Olympic Committee)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

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It’s no surprise that Horst Bulau made high-end cars his life’s work.

Bulau was, after all, a high-end athlete — in fact, one of the greatest winter sports athletes Canada ever produced.

Bulau won 13 World Cup ski jump competitions during his illustrious career, just one fewer than all the Crazy Canucks combined. The Ottawa native also landed on the medal podium 29 times and was a four-time Olympian.

He also won a world junior championship in 1979 — the first Nordic win by a Canadian, and came within a hair of winning the overall World Cup title in 1983.

Yet in terms of popularity and familiarity, he was nowhere near as well-known as Steve Podborski or Ken Read of the Crazy Canucks or some of the other top Canadian alpine ski racers of that era. Still, as a result of his accomplishments, the King City resident managed to raise the profile of his sport — ski jumping — to considerable heights in this country during a decade-long World Cup career.


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