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January 2019

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Alpine Canada Alumni Newsletter
Dear alumni:

The New Year and World Cup circuits are well underway for our alpine, para-alpine and Ski Cross athletes. We continue to record top 15 results across disciplines and genders and have achieved three Ski Cross podiums so far. We're still eager for the team's first victory!

This month, office operations will shift to Blue Mountain in Ontario where we'll be hosting the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup on January 26. We look forward to seeing many of you in attendance! Make sure to read below for VIP access information and also ticket instructions for the January 26 Fundraising evening at the Farrow Residence in Collingwood.

We are still very focused on our fundraising goal of $1M, having attained $700,000 in gifts to date. All contributions help us ensure we can give our 69 athletes all the resources they need to reach their fullest potential.

We look forward to counting more alumni as valuable ski team supporters! Alumni have contributed to ACA through donations, by becoming Podium Club members and by making in-kind gifts to our silent auctions. Thank you to those of you have already contributed!

If you haven't already, you can make a gift today online to support our 2018-2019 fundraising campaign set to end at the end on April 30. We accept gifts in cash and in the form of securities. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! Every contribution helps! Go Canada Go!

We hope to cross paths with you in 2019!

Best wishes,

M&H Thibeault (CAST '97-'98)
Director, Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement
Alpine Canada
mthibeault@alpinecanada.org
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BLUE MOUNTAIN AUDI FIS SKI CROSS WORLD CUP - VIP PASSES

Special rate for friends and family only. 

Promotional Code: CANSKI19

F&F VIP with Lift: $120
F&F VIP: $80

Happy Birthday Lucile Wheeler Vaughan!

 

Birthday:
January 14, 1935
Hometown: Bolton-Ouest, Quebec
Home ski mountain: Gray Rocks and Mont Tremblant,Quebec
 
Career Highlights
  • First Canadian to win an Olympic Medal in Skiing, a bronze in downhill at 1956 Olympics. 
  • First North American to win an Olympic medal in the downhill event. 
  • First Canadian to win a World Ski Championships in 1958: Gold downhill, Gold Giant Slalom, Silver Combined. 
  • First Canadian to win The Hahnenkamm 1957, downhill and combined. 
  • 1958 winner of The Lou Marsh Trophy.
 
People who impacted career: My father Harry Wheeler, my first coach Herman Gardner from Gray Rocks, John Fripp, Ernie McCulloch, France Gabl (the coach of 1952 Olympic ski team). My final coach for four years, Pepi Salvenmoser, from Kitzbuhel Austria. My mentors, Rhoda Wurtele Eaves, Rhona Wurtele Gillis, Mimi Seguin.
 
Did anyone else in your family ski race or complete athletically at a high level?
My, father Harry Wheeler competed in the 1932 Olympics, in Lake Placid in the trial sport of sled dog racing. 
 
Looking back, what do you think made you successful as a ski racer? What was your unique ski racing trait?
Growing up in The Laurentians, where skiing was “a way of life”. I began when I was two years old, and usually had to cross country ski to get to the alpine site. 
 
Transition after ski racing career:I had no plans at that time. I was fortunate to live at Gray Rocks, where I worked until I married. Married for 58 years to Kaye Vaughan (a well known CFL player). We had a daughter and a son (who played for Toronto Argonaughts for two years). They both ski raced and taught skiing at Gray Rocks during their University years. I also have Five grandchildren. 
 
Current / previous professional occupation:I started a ski program at Knowlton Academy in 1968 that is still going strong. And now I am 83 and retired.
 
What did you enjoy about your work: Enjoying each day.
 
Is skiing still an important part of your life?  Yes. Now only for pleasure
 
What personal passions, interests or projects are you pursuing now?: At 83 just trying to continue my activities. Skiing, golfing, gardening etc. 
 
If you could go back to being a young ski racer, what would you do differently?Nothing!
 
What is the main lesson you learned from your ski racing career and how has that shaped you? One can always improve! Traveling back in the 50’s, following the 2nd World War, was very educational and “eye-opening”.
 
Additional Comments: Pleased that past, present and future ski racers will be brought together more frequently.

Thank you to alumni Anna Goodman who compiled Lucile's responses.

For more, read the story by Sport et Société.
WURTELE TWINS TO RECEIVE ORDER OF CANADA IN 2019

Congratulations to alumni Rhoda and Rhona Wurtele​ on their upcoming recognition!

The sisters will also celebrate their 97th birthday on January 21!

Globe and Mail Story
CBC.ca Story
SkitheWorld.com Story

ANNIE LAURENDEAU AND LIISA SAVIJARVI RUN INTO EACH OTHER AT SUNDAY RIVER, MAINE IN DECEMBER!

Liisa (photo right): I had not seen Annie Laurendeau in over 15 years. We found each other in the bar...imagine?!....on Saturday night! Annie here to enjoy some skiing, me coaching with the National Ski Academy.

Annie (photo left): Isn't that cool. What a coincidence! Great to see that we still have skiing at heart! Liisa has not changed a bit... you should see how she spotted me first thinking that I looked like Annie. Her look when staring at me allowed me to stand up right away when I saw her without doubt.  And yes it was Liisa Savijarvi. The one and only one was there in front of me!! Ok I was also in front of her... All the credit goes to same past experiences with ski team and showing that the skiing world is so small. Look around, there's someone you know. This is the proof!

JANUARY MYSTERY ALUMNI 
WHO'S THIS FELLOW ALUMNI SHAKING PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU'S HAND?
Send us your best guess by email HERE and enter a raffle for a prize!
What to be next month's mystery alumni? Send in your photo HERE.
DECEMBER MYSTERY ALUMNI 
Andy Dobrodzicki!

Congratulations to alumni Jean-Pierre Picher who correctly guessed the December Mystery Alumni! For winning, Jean-Pierre received a Canadian Ski Team hat. Congrats!
And a little update from Jean-Pierre!
 
 

I live in Chelsea Quebec with my wife Anne.......cross country ski in the beautiful Gatineau Park in the winter.......have had knee replacement surgery on both knees so sadly can no longer downhill or windsurf.....and ride my electric bike in the summer. Enjoy traveling....we were in New Zealand last year....Anne’s home country....and go to Cape Hatteras each spring and fall as Anne still Windsurfs and kites !  Enjoy spending time with our 2 adult daughters and 2 granddaughters who all live in this area. Life is good.
ALUMNI: YOU'RE INVITED!
Dear alumni:
You are invited to attend the January 26 Fundraising event held in conjunction with Alpine Ontario.


In keeping with our Fall Fundraisers, alumni can secure a ticket by making a donation to to the event in the amount of your choice. To make your gift, CLICK HERE. In the additional notes field, make sure you specify that your gift is for the Collingwood fundraiser. 

Please contact M&H Thibeault, Alpine Canada Director of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, if you have any other questions!

REGULAR TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED HERE!
CAST - Women's team - Sapporo 1972 OWG
Front: Betsy Clifford, Laurie Kreiner
Back: Al Raine, Diane Pratte, Diane Culver, Judy Crawford, Dr. Jurgen Kontor
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

The Alpine Canada Newsletter will be published monthly. Please send us your updates to M&H Thibeault, Alpine Canada, Director of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement.

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