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Kathy Kreiner

Full name: Kathy Kreiner (-Phillips)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: May 4, 1957 in Timmins, Ontario, Canada
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Related Olympians: Sister of Laurie Kreiner.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Kathy Kreiner’s dream in life was, to her, simple: mimic Nancy Greene’s accomplishment at the 1968 Winter Olympics and take home the gold in the Giant Slalom. Her father, the Canadian ski team doctor at those Olympics, had vividly recalled Greene’s achievement and inspired his daughter to become a champion skier. Skiing since the age of three, her drive was strong and, at the age of 14, she competed for Canada at the 1972 Winter Olympics, although her chance at victory would have to wait until the 1976 Games. As a prelude to those Olympics, she won the gold at the 1974 World Cup in that event. In less than eight years, she had realized her dream at a mere 18 years of age, the youngest skier in Olympic history at that time to have won a gold medal. Her victory was the only gold medal for Canada at those Games and earned her the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award, annually given to the top Canadian female athlete. She continued skiing professionally for another five years, never again winning the event, neither at World Cups nor World Championships nor the 1980 Winter Olympics, and she retired in 1981. She was made a member of the Canadian Skiing Hall of Fame in 1984.

Kreiner holds a B.Sc in Physical Education from the University of Utah and an M.Sc. in Sport Psychology from the University of Ottawa and now works as a mental trainer for young athletes. She co-authored “Winning After Winning, The Psychology of Ongoing Excellence” with sports psychologist Terry Orlick.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Winter 14 Sapporo Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Canada CAN 33
1972 Winter 14 Sapporo Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom Canada CAN 14
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Canada CAN 19
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Canada CAN 1 Gold
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom Canada CAN AC DNF
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Canada CAN 5
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Canada CAN 9
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom Canada CAN 15

Women's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Winter 14 Sapporo Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 33 1:43.68
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 19 1:50.48
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 5 1:39.53

Women's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 1 1:29.13
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 9 2:45.75
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Canada Run 1 11 1:17.19
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Canada Run 2 9 1:28.56

Women's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Winter 14 Sapporo Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 14 1:40.27
1972 Winter 14 Sapporo Alpine Skiing Canada Run 1 19T 50.55
1972 Winter 14 Sapporo Alpine Skiing Canada Run 2 15 49.72
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings AC DNF
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Canada Run 1 AC DNF
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 15 1:34.78
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Canada Run 1 21 48.06
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Canada Run 2 15 46.72
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