Thursday, October 2, 2008

Anne Heggtveit

Olympic champion alpine skier

Born in Ottawa in 1939.

Studied at Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa.

First gained international attention when she became the youngest winner ever of the Holmenkollen Giant Slalom event in Norway in 1954 (at the age of 15).

Won Canada's first-ever Olympic skiing gold medal at the 1960 Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, California, Heggtveit . Her victory in the Olympic slalom event also made her the first non-European to win the International Ski Federation slalom and overall world championship

First North American to win the Arlberg-Kandahar Trophy, the most prestigious and classic event in alpine skiing.

Member of the Order of Canada.

Awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's outstanding athlete of 1960.

Inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1960.

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