A total of 10 snowsports legends were officially inducted to the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame during a live induction ceremony held in Montreal yesterday.
Sarah Burke, a five-time X Games gold medallist and world champion from 2005 in halfpipe, is considered one of the greatest pioneers in the history of Canadian snowsports; her popularity and influence transcending winter sports, while defining and elevating the role of women in snowsports. Burke was also an activist, philanthropist and pioneer and was considered a medal favourite in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games but died following a training accident in Utah in 2012.
Skier Devon Kershaw – who was at the forefront of a “golden age” for cross country ski racing in Canada when he led a group that would win and compete with the world’s best skiers on a regular basis – was also inducted. Alongside his long-time teammate Alex Harvey, Devon ranks as one of the most successful Canadian cross country ski racers of all time.
Kershaw and Burke are joined by four builders and four coaches in the hall of fame induction class which featured five from the Nordic disciplines.
“This year’s class is an incredible group of athletes, builders and coaches who have made tremendous impact on snowsports in Canada,” said Erik Austin, CSHFM Chairman. “On behalf of our entire team, I offer a huge congratulations to these 10 individuals and welcome them to the Mackenzie Investments Canadian Ski Hall of Fame.”
Class of 2023
Sarah Burke – Athlete: Freestyle | Athlète : Freestyle
Devon Kershaw – Athlete: Cross Country | Athlète : Ski de fond
Holly Blefgen – Builder: Telemark | Bâtisseuse : Télémark
Dave Dyer – Builder: Cross Country | Bâtisseur : Ski de fond
Douglas Wilson – Builder | Bâtisseur
Roger McCarthy – Builder | Bâtisseur
Conrad Guay – Coach: Alpine | Entraîneur : Ski alpin
Joey Lavigne – Coach: Alpine | Entraîneur : Ski alpin
Alain Masson – Coach: Cross Country | Entraîneur : Ski de fond
Jack Sasseville – Coach: Cross Country | Entraîneur : Ski de fond
Congratulations to the inductees!
The Canadian Ski Hall of Fame shares the stories of Canadians who have excelled throughout Canada and the world or contributed to the advancement of snowsports in another spectacular way.
The Hall of Famers who have been voted into the Mackenzie Investments Canadian Ski Hall of Fame paint a beautiful picture of the diversity of talent across the nation, while recognizing the highest level of achievement in their domains. A wonderful celebration of sport and talent!
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