30 years ago today Rob Boyd made history on the Dave Murray Downhill Course in Whistler. Rob was the first Canadian to win a World Cup Downhill at home in Canada! It is a day Whistler skiers will never forget….most likely anyone who was there has his run and subsequent win indelibly stamped in their mind. A proud moment for the Boyd family, for Whistler and for Canada! Today Whistler is hosting a big anniversary celebration is honour of the occasion.
Right after Rob crossed the finish line he waves the cameraman over to get up close so that he can proudly announce “For you, Stemmle!” There’s also a pretty glorious cutaway to the raucous celebrations going on at Dusty’s.
Canadian supporters were still reeling from the gruesome and nearly fatal crash that Boyd’s teammate Brian Stemmle had suffered at Kitzbuhel six weeks earlier. By this point Stemmle was back on the long road to recovery and everyone was keen for a reason to celebrate.
In Whistler it was a massive community event. Rob had moved to Whistler as a teenager in 1982, so he had huge local support. The medal ceremony drew one of the largest crowds ever assembled in Whistler up to that point and the party kept going for days.
Rob’s 30th anniversary will be celebrated with Mountain Tours on the original course with Rob and a party at Dusty’s to follow.
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Tour with Rob. Meet at the top of Dave Murray Downhill
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Tour with Rob. Meet at the top of Dave Murray Downhill
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Celebration at Dusty’s Bar & BBQ
Congratulations to an amazing Canadian and a great skier!