Friends of Cansport
Two-time Olympian - Innsbruck, 1976, Lake Placid, 1980
Winter Sport Director - Own The Podium
Ken Read is a retired Canadian Olympic alpine ski racer, sport advocate and
international sports leader.
Known as the leader of the "Crazy Canucks," Canada's fearless troupe of downhill racers who dominated World Cup skiing from 1975 to 1984, Ken was the first Canadian/North American male to win a World Cup downhill.
Following his retirement from competition Ken worked as a freelance broadcaster and feature columnist and ran his own event management company serving clients across the country.
From June 2002 to July 2008 he served as President and subsequently CEO of Alpine Canada, the national sport organization for alpine skiing in Canada.
In September 2008 he moved to the Alberta Alpine Ski Association to work with younger athletes and in 2010 he became the director of winter sport for Own The Podium.
Ken and his wife Lynda grew up in skiing families and their three sons are all keen ski racers and members of the Banff Alpine Racers Ski Club. They currently reside in Calgary and Canmore, Alberta.
Three-time Olympian - Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
One of Canada's most successful rowers, Iain competed at three Olympic Games, winning a bronze medal in the lightweight fours at the 2008 Games in Beijing. He also placed among the top four at nine world championships and is a six-time Canadian champion.
Throughout his career and since retirement, Iain has been a tireless advocate for athlete's rights and issues and has served on the boards of Athlete's CAN, and the Canadian Olympic Committee's Athlete Council and Executive Board.
Iain now lives in Australia with his wife and former Canadian rower Laryssa Biesenthal, a coach with the Australian rowing team based in Canberra.
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- Mark Warren, Vancouver, BC
Wishing you all the best for the games!
- John Everett, Vancouver
You have inspired my kids to one day compete at the Olympics!
- Peter from Haida Gwaii
You make us all proud. Have fun, stay focussed.........and Kick Butt !!
- Andy Shaw
Go get ‘em! But ask the media when interviewed: What will your coverage of us be like after the Vancouver Olympics are over?
- Dee Dee Haight Arn
Wishing I was there to cheer you all in person - go like there is no tomorrow! Greetings from Canadians in Switzerland.
- Jurgen Muller, Winterberg, Germany
Alex Gough u go girl!
- Janet Marshall - Edmonton
you are the inspiration for our future generation
- Carol Keyes, Calgary, AB
Yay - Here we go...
- Anne Gillies
Congratulations on all your hard work and dedication... it's your moment to shine, So GO, CANADA!
- Helen Roditis
You take my breath away! Thank you for inspiring us with your passion. You are living your dreams!
- Susan Meredith, Vancouver
Great run Jenn! You are a winner all the way, not to mention the best mogul skier Canada has ever produced!
- John Nixon, Executive Director
Congratulations to all Canadian athletes on behalf of Racquetball Canada. We are proud of your accomplishments!
- Shaun McLaughlin
Do your best--that's all we expect.
- Kathleen MacDonald, Ottawa
It is your time to shine Canada, keep those medals coming!
- Michel Belanger, Montreal
Didn't know you before, but I'll be watching every race from here on ... go Marianne Go!
- Teresa Wagner, Montreal
Medals or not, you have captured our hearts!
- Alex Chapman, Red Deer, AB
Manny is da man!
- Diana Davis Duerkop
Do your best, and that will be terrific! We are behind you all the way!
- Alan Fraser, Winnipeg, MB
Wish I could be there. Go Canada Go!
- Ross Chin-Yee, Thornhill, ON
Best of luck to our great Canadian athletes!!
- The King
Go Alpine Team Canada on behalf of Dave Irwin and Bob Styan - we'll be watching from the finish on Saturday
- Mike Love, Halifax, NS
You guys totally Rock!!