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Birthday Bio: Steve Podborski

Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 10:00 AM

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Canadian skier Steve Podborski is airborne while he speeds down the Whiteface Mountain race course on his way to win an Olympic bronze medal at the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid. (File/Canadian Press) Canadian skier Steve Podborski is airborne while he speeds down the Whiteface Mountain race course on his way to win an Olympic bronze medal at the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid. (File/Canadian Press)

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CBCSports.ca wants to wish a happy birthday to athletes and those other individuals involved in the sports world that left a lasting legacy on their game. Today, we say "Happy 55th" to Steve Podborski, member of Canada's famed "Crazy Canucks" and this country's chef de mission at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
CBCSports.ca wants to wish a happy birthday to athletes and those other individuals involved in the sports world that left a lasting legacy on their game. Today, we say "Happy  55th" to Steve Podborski, member of  Canada's famed "Crazy Canucks" and this country's chef de mission at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"They're big in Europe" sounds like a line reserved to describe less-than-successful rock musicians, but the phrase rang true for Steve Podborski and his teammates on the Canadian ski team.

Prior to the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, Toronto's Podborski and the rest of the "Crazy Canucks" (Ken Read, Dave Irwin and Andy Shaw) helped put Canadian skiing on the map with their high-flying, speed-demon runs down the slopes, despite being off the radar in their home country:




Despite the lofty ambitions and critics predictions that the team could possibly sweep the podium at Lake Placid, only Podborski managed to capture a medal, picking up a bronze finish with his daring and lightning-quick maneuvers:




Years after his Olympic performance, Podoborski looked back at his time with the Crazy Canucks on Sounds Like Canada:






The influence Podborski and his teammates have had on Canadian sport hasn't been forgotten or reduced to a fond memory. In fact, the arguyment can be made that it's only grown stronger.

Ken Read is now the director of winter sports for Own the Podium while Podborski was named chef de mission for the 2014 Sochi Games by the Canadian Olympic Committee:




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