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At the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid one athlete alone took home half of Canada’s medals — Steve Podborski. He took bronze in the downhill at Lake Placid, becoming the first North American man to win an Olympic downhill medal. Podborski was also the first North American to win the World Cup downhill season title in 1982. Podborski and the other Canadian skiers from that era were a group that included:Dave Irwin, Ken Read, Jim Hunter and the late Dave Murray – the ‘Crazy Canucks’. They flew down hills, taking risks at blistering speeds, and in a sport that can be all about the individual, Podborski said they acted as a team.
Roll ahead to 2010 in Vancouver and Team Canada won 26 Olympic medals. We're now a nation that expects to win and Podborski shares that vision.
Podborski's leading the charge to Sochi as Canada’s Chef De Mission and his message is simple: The medals are there. Go get ‘em.