Episode #27: Ken Read - Winning Kitzbühel, Giving Back & the Londoner
This episode I sat down Olympian & World Cup Champion - Ken Read.
Among other things, we talked about how Ken prepared for his world cup wins, hiked up Kitzbühel to prepare, the origins of the Londoner Bar tradition, dealing with adversity, life after ski racing and how Ken gives back to alpine ski racing today!
Ken has had a long and decorated career with some of the highlights as follows:
-10 years on the Canadian National Ski Team
-14 x World Cup Podiums
-2 x Olympics
-4 x World Cup Championship Teams
-1st Canadian (and North American) to win a men's Downhill World Cup race, in Val-d'Isère, France on December 7, 1975
-1st non-European to win both the Hahnenkamm (Kitzbühel), and the Swiss Lauberhorn (Wengen)
-Named Canada's Athlete of the Year in 1978 (Lou Marsh Award)
-Canadian Male Amateur Athlete of the Year in 1980
-In 1991 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada (Canada's highest civilian honour)
-Inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1985
-Inducted into Canada's Skiing Hall of Fame (Honor Roll of Canadian Skiing) in 1986
-Along with his four teammates, the Crazy Canucks were inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2006
-Inducted into the International Ski Racing Hall of Fame in 2010
He was also the CEO of Alpine Canada from 2002 -2008 and has two sons on the Canadian National Ski Team
It was a great episode and I hope you enjoy it!