Lucille Wheeler, Canada's first ski champion
Throughout history, "ladies" were discouraged from participating in team sports because it was thought competition would lead to "manly" behaviours. But thanks to pioneering athletes such as Bobbie Rosenfeld, Nancy Greene and Hayley Wickenheiser, young women now have the freedom to participate and excel in any sport — be it track, skiing or hockey. These women not only excelled in their chosen fields but were instrumental in shattering stereotypes of the female athlete.
Greatness in skiing is often determined by how well you stack up against the Europeans. Few have fared well in that respect, but a select group of Canadians have managed to compete successfully against the best the world has to offer. CBC Digital Archives takes a look back at names like Wheeler, Heggtveit, Greene, and of course the remarkable "Crazy Canucks."
Broadcast Date: March 12, 1958
Guest: Lucille Wheeler
Reporter: Russ Taylor
Last updated: September 20, 2013
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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