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Steve Podborski: A certified champion

They burst onto the European ski scene in the '70s, flying down the most challenging hills with a kamikaze flair. Within a year of competing on the World Cup circuit these fearless Canadian boys were beating the Europeans at a game they'd never lost. Dave Irwin, Ken Read, Dave Murray and Steve Podborski were the Crazy Canucks – young, wild, and skiing as fast as they could.

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After a solid year of triumphant racing, Podborski has achieved the ultimate goal: he is the highest ranked downhill skier in the world. The coveted title of World Cup Downhill Champion has been the goal of every Crazy Canuck, but only Read has ever come close to winning it before.  In this CBC Television clip, Podborski skis into the top spot at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, West Germany. At the end of the season, he will be named the year's winner.
• On the last day of the 1981-1982 season, Dave Irwin and Dave Murray retire.

• Steve Podborski had been inching closer and closer to taking over Read's top spot for years. In the great spirit of downhill ski racing, one champion begets the next. A few years later, Todd Brooker took over where the original Canucks left off.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Feb. 13, 1982
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Duration: 0:22

Last updated: February 13, 2014

Page consulted on January 30, 2015

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