The Lou Marsh Legacy - Honouring Canada's Top Athletes

Nancy Greene

Downhill Skiing

1967


Colour photo of Nancy Greene holding the trophy won at the World Cup Ski Championships

Colour photo of Nancy Greene holding the trophy won at the World Cup Ski Championships

Date
1967
Collection
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

00:07 – Nancy Greene’s Favourite Number!

Slalom Event–Wild West Classic, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, March 26, 1967. It’s the final race of the newly created alpine skiing World Cup, a formidable season-long circuit that counts a skiers’ best three scores in each of three disciplines: Slalom, Giant Slalom and Downhill.

The International Ski Federation simply could not have asked for a more dramatic showdown. After nine stops in five European countries and the United States, it has come down to the last race—its inaugural women’s champion will be crowned today as a consequence of the Slalom results.

Two French girls, Marielle Goitschel and Annie Famose, hold first and second place in the overall point’s race, respectively, but Nancy Greene has done the impossible. She has kept her chances alive by winning the Giant Slalom in Vail, Colorado, a week earlier, and the two Giant Slalom races here at Jackson Hole. These were all must-win events to prevent the French girls from tallying enough points to clinch the title. If Nancy can now pull off a victory in the technical, high-stakes Slalom, which combines the times of two runs down different courses, she will claim the title. Second will not do—regardless of how the French finish.

Nancy Greene is in second place by four one-hundredths of a second after the first run. She has struggled in recent Slalom events and while standing in the starting gate for her final run, she overhears the announcer down below blurt out, “this is the race she must win, the most important race of her career!” Nancy contains her nerves and wins the second run posting a combined time of 90:67.

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Highlights

1959-1968
Member, National Ski Team, 17 Canadian Championship Ski Titles, 3 US Ski Championship Titles
1967
World Cup title
1967
Lou Marsh Memorial Award
1968
Grenoble Olympic Games - gold medal in giant slalom and silver medal in slalom event
1968
World Cup title
1968
Lou Marsh Memorial Award
1999
Named Canada’s Female Athlete of the Century by Canadian Press