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Ken Read retires in 1983

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.

His talent and polished personality made him the unofficial leader of the team, but after 10 years on the World Cup circuit, Ken Read says the fun is gone. He's ready to pursue life beyond the slopes. Read talks to CBC Radio host Peter Gzowski about the timing, and the reasons, for his big decision.  The interview continues with Steve Podborski, Read's successor and now the only remaining Canuck. Podborski chats about the next up-and-coming skier, Todd Brooker.
• Read later wrote a book called White Circus, about his life during the Crazy Canuck years, from 1974 until 1983. The term 'white circus' refers to the World Cup ski scene.

• Some of Read's post-ski achievements include a degree in economics, the founding of an event-marketing firm and a job as host of MoneySense, a television program about investing. He also worked as a sports commentator on CBC Television, and was named president of Alpine Canada in 2002.

• In total, Read won five first-place titles in World Cup downhill races.

• Steve Podborski retired on March 11, 1984. His next career move was to become a sports commentator and analyst. He also became the executive director of international relations for the 2010 Olympic Bid Corporation. Both Podborski and Read were appointed to the Order of Canada.
Medium: Radio
Program: Morningside
Broadcast Date: March 11, 1983
Guests: Steve Podborski, Ken Read
Host: Peter Gzowski
Duration: 11:55

Last updated: February 13, 2014

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