Nancy Greene Raine
World Champion, Female Athlete of the Century and Olympic Gold medalist, Grenoble 1968
In the world of Ski Cross, Marielle Thompson reigns supreme.
The current World Champion was recognized outside of her sport,
as Female Athlete of the Year for Winter Sport Performance in the 42nd Canadian Sport Awards.
Marielle has amassed 36 World Cup podiums, 20 World Cup victories, three individual Crystal Globes,
took home the 2014 Olympic gold medal, and is the reigning World Champion. Nicknamed 'Big Air Mar', Thompson was poised and ready to defend her 2014 Olympic gold when a crash in training in October of 2017 put a wrench in her plans. With aggressive rehab, Thompson returned to snow just three months after a torn ACL and won the qualification run at the 2018 Olympic Games. Appearing not to have missed a beat, despite missing out on the entire World Cup season, a bobble in the first heat caused her to crash and miss out on defending her medal. Thompson returned with a vengeance in the 2019 season and claimed five podium results, as well as the World Championship title in February in Park City, Utah.
Manny Osborne Paradis
A richly talented speed skier who is famed for his fun-loving, larger-than-life personality,
'Manny' has three World Cup wins to his name – including his famous victory in Lake Louise, Alta., in 2009. Osborne-Paradis had a comeback season in 2012-13, narrowly missing a downhill podium in Kvitfjell, NOR, and claiming the Canadian downhill title. During the 2014-15 season Osborne-Paradis nabbed two second-place finishes at the downhill events in Lake Louise and Kvitfjell, NOR. After a change in equipment, Osborne-Paradis found his form during the 2016-17 season, capturing bronze in the super-G at the 2017 World Championships in St. Moritz. In the 2017-18 season, Osborne-Paradis attended his fourth Olympic Games, and finished 14th in downhill and 22nd in super-G. On the World Cup tour, he had a season-best fifth-place super-G result and finished 11th overall in the World Cup downhill rankings.
Broderick Thompson's breakout season was in 2014-15 when he clinched the Nor-Am Cup super-G overall title and earned his first ever World Cup points, placing 30th in Wengen, SUI. During the 2017-18 season, Thompson took to the infamous Kitzbuehel track for the first time and cracked the top-30 in World Cup downhill for the first time. After back-to-back 23rd-place finishes in the first two downhill races of the 2017-18 season, Thompson earned himself a spot at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. He continued to show promise on the World Cup circuit finishing in an impressive eighth and 17th-place finish in alpine combined. At the Olympics, Thompson finished in 23rd-place in both the super-G and alpine combined races. He’ll be one to watch in the coming years as he continues to grow on the World Cup speed circuit.
Sam Mulligan made the Canadian Alpine Development Ski Team in 2016. In the 2016-17 season, Mulligan had two top-ten performances at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships with a fourth-place in super-G and a ninth-place in alpine combined. He also won the Sugarloaf, USA alpine combined Nor-Am Cup race. In the 2017-18 season, Mulligan hit the podium at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships, finishing second in the downhill. He narrowly missed the super-G podium, finishing in fourth-place. He also had his first World Cup start in the Kitzbuehel, AUT super-G. Mulligan had a great Nor-Am Cup season, finishing third overall and in second-place in the super-G standings.
Brodie Seger skied a great 2015-16 season, capturing top-ten finishes on the Nor-Am Cup circuit. On home snow at the Canadian Championships, Seger finished second in the alpine combined and fourth in the downhill. Notably, Seger finished eighth in the giant slalom at the World Junior Championships in Sochi, proving his medal potential on the World Cup circuit. In the 2016-17 season, Seger proved he has potential to be a threat on the speed circuit, taking the overall Nor-Am Cup super-G title. Continuing to progress, Seger started in his first World Cup super-G and downhill races in the 2017-18 season and finished third overall in downhill on the Nor-Am Cup circuit.
Kyle Alexander joins the Canadian Alpine Ski Team for the 2019-20 season after finishing ranked 15th overall in the super-G and 20th in downhill in NorAm Cup racing last season. Kyle was named to Canada's 2019 FIS Alpine World Junior Championships' team, where he finished 16th in the downhill, and 29th in the super-G.
Cameron Alexander made the development team following the 2017-18 season with standout performances at the 2018 Junior World Ski Championships. Alexander finished in fifth-place in the super-G and in 13th-place in the alpine combined. He also posted four top-15 results on the Nor-Am Cup circuit in speed disciplines.
One of the finest male technical skiers Canada has produced, Mike Janyk had a historic breakthrough at the 2009 World Championships. His bronze was the first medal ever won by a Canadian man in the slalom at the world championships. Two seasons earlier, Janyk had made himself one of the Canadian Cowboys by winning his first career World Cup medal, slalom silver at Beaver Creek. Canadian Cowboys is the name given to the current members of the Canadian men’s alpine ski team who have won a World Cup, world championship or Olympic medal. In 2006-07, Janyk provided one of the 12 World Cup medals won by the Cowboys. A three-time Olympian, at Vancouver 2010 Janyk was able to share the experience with his older sister Britt. They had grown up skiing the mountains at Whistler, where the family had moved when Janyk was 13. At Sochi 2014 he produced the best Canadian result in the slalom, finishing 16th. Janyk had a bit of an off-year in 2012-13, recording just three World Cup results and none in the top-10. He has finished in the top-10 a total of 27 times during his World Cup career, all in the slalom. Mike is currently the Program Director at Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club.