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Crazy Canucks: Long live the legacy

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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Dave Murray died of cancer on Oct. 23, 1990. He was 37 years old. Two years later, the ski camp he founded is still going strong. He started it to share his love of skiing with Canada. At the time, a group of 10 or 15 people participated. Now skiers are coming from across the country to learn the secrets of the masters - otherwise known as the Crazy Canucks.

"Atomic" Dave Murray was the teammate who always gave 100 per cent, truly making the most out of each day both on and off the slopes. Known for his positive outlook on life and eternal optimism, Murray never wanted to be seen as a cancer patient.
• Though he never won first in a World Cup downhill race, he came very close. He placed second twice, once trailing winner Ken Read by only six-hundredths of a second.
• Murray was ranked third in the world in 1979. He retired in 1982 and became director of skiing at Whistler, where he founded the Masters' racing series and chaired several World Cup events.
• On April 13, 1991, a double black-diamond ski run at Whistler Mountain was renamed the Dave Murray Downhill.
Medium: Television
Program: CBC Evening News
Broadcast Date: Feb. 21, 1992
Guest(s): Donna Kelly, Chris Kent, John Stewart, Peter Young
Reporter: Eric Dwyer
Duration: 4:25

Last updated: January 30, 2012

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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