Steve PODBORSKI

Canada CAN

Alpine Skiing

  • Olympic Medals
    1 B
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Lake Placid 1980
  • Year of Birth
    1957
Olympic Results

Biography

Steve PODBORSKI

Bronze medallist in the downhill at Lake Placid 1980, Canadian skier Steve Podborski was the first North American to make it onto an Olympic podium in an Alpine skiing speed event.

Famous Five

Steve Podborski grew up in the Don Mills suburbs of Canadian city Toronto, where he was taught the basics of skiing as a two-year-old at the nearby Craigleith Ski Club. At the age of 16, in 1973, he was called up to the Canadian national team, coinciding with the emergence of the “Crazy Canucks”, a famed group of five downhill racers known for their aggressive skiing style, of which he would become the most prominent member.

His older compatriots, Ken Read, Dave Murray, Dave Irwin and Jim Hunter, had already begun to compete and defeat top European skiers in their own back yard, picking up tremendous results on some of the Alps’ most fearsome courses, such as the Streif (Kitzbühel), Lauberhorn (Wengen), Arlberg-Kandahar (Garmisch-Partenkirchen), Sasslong (Val Gardena), and OK (Val d’Isère). By the late 1970s, Podborski was following in their footsteps in stunning style.

North American pioneer

The Canadian recorded various trailblazing victories in the FIS World Cup between 1979 and 1984, including two on the Streif, in 1981 and 1982. “I finished second twice there as well,” he recalls. “Crossing the line and seeing your name at the top of the field in Kitzbühel must be one of the greatest experiences in Alpine skiing,” he says.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sarajevo 1984

#8
Downhill
Downhill Alpine Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Lake Placid 1980

B
Downhill
Downhill Alpine Skiing