Hudec made history in 2014 when he became the first Canadian in 20 years to win an Olympic medal in alpine ski racing after tying for bronze in the super G in Sochi, Russia. One of the world's most naturally gifted racers, Hudec has a unique personal story that begins with his family fleeing their Czech homeland by boat when he was a young child. After enduring a West German refugee camp, the Hudecs made their way to Canada, eventually settling in Alberta. Hudec's ski career is a testament to his perseverance, having fought back from multiple major knee surgeries and other serious injuries. Nicknamed ‘Panda’, he became the first Canadian to win the Lake Louise World Cup downhill in 2007. He also claimed a World Championship silver medal in 2007 in Äre, Sweden. In 2014, Hudec again managed to break into top ten on home soil at the Lake Louise super G.
1st – Downhill – FIS World Cup – Chamonix, FRA (2012)
1st – Downhill – FIS World Cup - Lake Louise, CAN (2007)
2nd – Downhill – World Ski Championships - Are, SWE (2007)
3rd - Super-G - Olympic Winter Games - Sochi, RUS (2014)
World Cup rankings
Birth date: 19/08/1981
Birth place: Sumperk, Czech Republic
Residence: Calgary, Alta.
Hometown: Calgary, Alta.
Ski club: Banff Alpine Racers
Made team: 1999
Sponsor: r-evolution, True North Energy, Special Olympics
Weight: 205 pounds