Lucile WHEELER

Canada CAN

Alpine Skiing

  • Olympic Medals
    1 B
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Oslo 1952
  • Year of Birth
    1935
Olympic Results

Biography

Lucile WHEELER

Lucile Wheeler’s skiing legacy began long before she was born; her grandfather George had built the Gray Rocks ski center in Quebec. By two she was already on skis and by twelve she had won the Canadian Junior Ski Championship. Though she was offered a chance to compete for Canada at the 1950 World Championships, her parents refused to allow her to go. A competitor at the 1952 Winter Olympics, she never placed better than 26th at any event. Nevertheless, six years later, she became the first North American Olympic medalist in alpine skiing's downhill event, winning bronze in 1956. At the 1958 World Championships, she won the downhill and giant slalom events and took silver in the combined.

Wheeler won the Lou Marsh Trophy in 1958, given annually to Canada’s top athlete, and was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame that same year. She retired in 1959 and won the American Library Association’s Best Education Sports Film Award the following year for a ski instruction video. She is married to CFL Hall of Fame player Kaye Vaughan.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956

B
Downhill
Downhill Alpine Skiing
#6
Giant Slalom
Giant Slalom Alpine Skiing
#AC
Slalom
Slalom Alpine Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Oslo 1952

#27
Downhill
Downhill Alpine Skiing
#27
Giant Slalom
Giant Slalom Alpine Skiing
#26
Slalom
Slalom Alpine Skiing