November 22, 2018 (Banff, AB) -Four distinguished Alpine Canada alumni were inducted into the Ski Hall of Fame on Nov. 21st. These included Bob Swan, Thomas Grandi, John Kucera, and Russell Goodman. The event was held just days ahead of the kick off of the Audi FIS World Cup in Lake Louise.
Bob Swanis a technical skier who made major contributions in his own way to the growth of ski racing. Nickednamed “Swabber”, Bob Swan now aged 75, still ski races and competes. He was a member of the team from 1963 to 1969, competed for Canada in the 1964 and 1968 Winter Games. In those years, Swabber gave legitimacy to the national ski team program where at the time his spectacular race results set the stage for building a strong Alpine racing foundation.
Thomas Grandiis the first Canadian male to win a World Cup technical race, a Giant slalom in 2004. A 4-time Olympian and a member of the Canadian National Ski Team for 14 years, Thomas Grandi has set the path in the technical disciplines for many young skiers.
John Kucera, who made history by being the first man to ever win a World Cup Super-G event on Canadian soil at Lake Louise in 2006 and was the first Canadian to win the Men’s World Championship downhill title in 2009. His last season on the Canadian Team was in 2013 and he is now a coach for the Canadian Men’sEuropa Cup Team.
Russell Goodmanwas honoured as a pioneer for his contributions to the ski ecosystem as a former racer and ski team alumni, as a ski team parent, and as a systemwide supporter.
“We’re proud of our alumni for their contributions to the sport of ski racing and for paving the way for future generations.,” said Vania Grandi, President and CEO of Alpine Canada who attended the event. “We’re grateful the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame recognizes the passion, hard work and resilience of those who make a positive impact to our dynamic ski and sports community. It’s people like Bob, Thomas, John, and Russell who help advance our sport and we look forward to honouring more special people in the future!”