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Shirley Firth

Full name: Shirley Anne Firth (-Larsson)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'5" (164 cm)
Weight: 115 lbs (52 kg)
Born: December 31, 1953 in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada
Died: April 30, 2013 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Affiliations: Inuvik Ski Club, Inuvik (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Twin sister of Sharon Firth.

Biography

Shirley Firth was a member of the Gwich’in First Nation, and with her twin sister, Sharon, became one of the first aboriginals to represent Canada at the Olympic Games. She competed in four Winter Olympics, four World Championships. was voted Canadian Women's Nordic Skier of the Year six times by Ski Racing Magazine, and was inducted into the Canadian Ski Museum and Skiing Hall of Fame in 1990. She and her sister were the subjects of a CBC Documentary entitled The Olympians: The Firth Sisters. After marrying, Shirley Firth settled in Europe for over 20 years, receiving a teaching diploma in 2002 from the University of Paris. While there, she lectured on Dene and Inuit cultures at various universities, schools and cultural centers in central Europe and Scandinavia. Shirley Firth was awarded the Order of Canada in 1987 and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. She later returned to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Results

Women's 5 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1972 Winter 18 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Canada Final Standings 35 18:36.07
1976 Winter 22 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Canada Final Standings 27 17:31.36
1980 Winter 26 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Canada Final Standings 28 16:23.40
1984 Winter 30 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Canada Final Standings 28 18:32.3 9:23.6 28

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1976 Winter 22 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Canada Final Standings 29 33:16.50 18:02.71 28
1980 Winter 26 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Canada Final Standings 24 32:56.87 17:48.34 23
1984 Winter 30 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Canada Final Standings 22 34:31.3 19:53.6 26 27:46.6 23

Women's 20 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1984 Winter 30 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Canada Final Standings 25 1-07:02.5 13:10.7 21 32:43.1 21 46:29.9 21

Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1972 Winter 18 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Canada CAN Final Standings 10 18:39.47 18:39.47 10

Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1976 Winter 22 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Canada CAN Final Standings 7 18:14.69 18:14.69 6
1980 Winter 26 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Canada CAN Final Standings 8 16:51.37 34:02.11 8