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Nancy Greene (1943-)
(Ted Grant/Library and Archives Canada/PA-208679)
Nancy Greene is an Olympic athlete who won both a gold medal (giant slalom) and a silver (slalom) at the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France. This talented skiier was named Canada's female athlete of the 20th century. In January 2009 she was appointed to the Canadian Senate.
Born in Ontario, she grew up in Rossland, British Columbia. Her parents were avid skiiers and Nancy soon shared their passion for the sport. In 1958 Nancy raced in the Canadian Junior Championships that were held in Rossland. She competed in the 1964 Olympics in Innsbruck, but failed to earn a medal. After reining in her customary aggressive approach to skiing and adopting a new frame of mind during competition, Nancy began winning races.
In 1967 and 1968 Nancy Greene won the overall World Cup titles, and then earned two medals at the 1968 Winter Olympics. Nancy won a total of 17 Canadian Championship titles. She retired from competition at the age of 24.
Nancy married ski coach Al Raine, and they have twin sons: Charles and William. She supported the development of the Nancy Greene Ski League, and with her husband played a key role in developing the Whistler Ski Resort and then Sun Peaks Resort (both in British Columbia).Discover more
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