A new generation of alpine ski racers known as the ‘Canadian Cowboys’ are set to be featured in a new exhibit that will be unveiled at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alta., on Friday, Nov 22.
The Cowboys are an elite group of Canadian men who have been on the podium in World Cup or world championship races. They are following in the footsteps of the legendary Crazy Canucks, who put Canadian ski racing on the map in the 1970s and ’80s.
Five current members of the group will take part in the exhibit’s opening at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame on Friday. The Canadian Cowboys are hoping to win their first Olympic medal at the 2014 Winter Games next February and they will begin their Road to Sochi in Lake Louise, Alta., next week when Olympic qualification is on the line in the first World Cup downhill and super-G races of the 2013-14 season.
On hand will be Canadian Cowboys John Kucera, Erik Guay, Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Jan Hudec and Ben Thomsen, plus other members of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team who will be competing in Lake Louise next week
LAKE LOUISE WORLD CUP: Lake Louise is hosting the first men’s speed races of the 2013-14 Audi FIS World Cup season next week, with a downhill on Nov. 30 followed by a super-G on Dec. 1. The ladies race the following weekend, with downhills planned for Dec. 6-7 and a super-G on Dec. 8. For more details, visit: http://www.alpinecanada.org/events/lake-louise-alpine-ski-world-cup.
Photo of the Canadian Cowboys at an exhibition shinny game in Calgary, AB, courtesy of Alpine Canada.
SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles