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Bert Irwin

Full name: Albert Keith "Bert" Irwin
Gender: Male
Born: October 1, 1917 in Princeton, British Columbia, Canada
Died: January 22, 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Related Olympians: Uncle of Dave Irwin; Brother of Bill Irwin.

Biography

Alongside his brother Bill, Bert Irwin rose to prominence in the Canadian amateur skiing scene during the 1940s, but took a break during World War II to serve as a navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery. This bravery was evident on the ski hill as well, for he was known as particularly bold competitor. At the Canadian Olympic trials he qualified for all three alpine skiing events at the 1948 Winter Olympics, downhill, slalom, and combined, but his best finish was 37th in the slalom. After his brother moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario, Bert remained in British Columbia and continued skiing even into the 1970s. His nephew Dave, Bill’s son, inherited some of his uncle’s boldness. An Olympic skier himself in 1976 and 1980, Dave was a member of the Crazy Canucks, a group of Canadians who, during the 1970s and 1980s, gained reputations as fast and reckless skiers.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Canada CAN 56
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Canada CAN 37
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Men's Combined Canada CAN 49

Men's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 56 3:39.1

Men's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PT
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 37 2:46.0
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Canada Run 1 39 1:29.4 0:00
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Canada Run 2 35 1:16.6 0:00

Men's Combined

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T PT
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 49 53.51
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Canada Downhill 41 24.39 3:39.1
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Canada Slalom 61 29.12 3:20.9
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Canada Slalom Run 1 62 2:02.0 0:05
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Canada Slalom Run 2 36 1:18.9 0:00
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