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.
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.
• 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.
Broadcast Date: March 11, 1983
Guest(s): Steve Podborski, Ken Read
Host: Peter Gzowski
Last updated: January 30, 2012
Page consulted on December 5, 2013
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