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Nancy Greene's Olympic lodge

When Nancy Greene first broke out on the skiing circuit in the 1960s, she was called "Nice Nancy" because of her fresh-scrubbed, wholesome goodness. With time, Greene earned herself a new nickname — Tiger — because of her technical superiority and extraordinary fearlessness. CBC Archives explores Greene's metamorphosis from rookie skier to Olympic champion to Athlete of the Century.

Nancy Greene's Olympic Resort Hotel throws open its doors for business, as reported in this CBC clip. The 90-room lodge is nestled between the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, a new bustling sports-tourism area in British Columbia. Greene has often been cited as the unofficial spokesperson for the Whistler development. A savvy businesswoman, Greene has used her high profile to attract investors and visitors to the area. Over the next decade the area will grow immensely, and will be a key attraction in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic bid. 
. Nancy Greene's Olympic Lodge was the first hotel to open in the Whistler area. The small hotel was based on European-style lodges, with small rooms and large social areas.
. Greene eventually had to drop "Olympic" from the name of her lodge after protests from Olympic lawyers. The IOC maintains strict control over the name and use of Olympic-related material.
. In December 1994 the Raines sold their lodge in Whistler and began development of Nancy Greene's Cahilty Lodge, outside of Kamloops, B.C.

. With two successful businesses and the proven track record of a winner, Greene has also been approached to try her hand in the political arena. In an interview with the Toronto Star on Nov. 16, 2004, Greene said every party except the NDP had approached her. The retired skier gained political notice when she was asked in 1996 by Magna International to pen an essay for their "As Prime Minister, I would..." inaugural contest. Greene was one of 10 high-profile Canadians to participate, she won the $20,000 grand prize.

. In her essay, Greene emphasized the importance of self-reliance and responsibility. She wrote, "As our country has become more and more socialistic over the past 30 years, we have gone from being a nation of strong, independent people with a solid work ethic and high degree of self-reliance to a society where a significant number of people feel it is their right to be looked after."
Medium: Television
Program: Newscentre
Broadcast Date: Jan. 27, 1986
Guest(s): Nancy Greene, Nancy Macken, Al Raine
Reporter: Fred Cawsey
Duration: 2:39

Last updated: March 20, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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