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Kerrin Lee-Gartner

Full name: Kerrin Anne Lee-Gartner
Gender: Female
Height: 5-7 (171 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: September 21, 1966 in Trail, British Columbia, Canada
Affiliations: Red Mountain Racers, Rossland (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

A member of the Canadian Women’s Ski Team from 1982 through 1994, Kerrin Lee-Gartner is perhaps best known as the first Canadian woman to win the Olympic alpine downhill event, which she accomplished in 1992 and, as of 2009, the only Canadian to win gold in that competition. Up until the race was complete, however, few would have expected her to have claimed the victory. In 1985 she suffered a severe accident that left in her need of many knee surgeries, including two complete reconstructions. At the 1988 Winter Olympics she placed 15th in the downhill event and another accident in 1989 stopped her from competing or training for six months. On the day of the downhill event, her odds at victory were 20-1 in Las Vegas. After her gold medal in 1992, however, she became an instant and popular celebrity and was soon made a member of the Order of British Columbia, which cited her inspiration and triumph over adversity. Unable to match her success at the 1994 Winter Olympics, Lee-Gartner retired and has since been involved in ski-related charitable organizations, such as the Nancy Greene Ski League and the Kerrin Lee-Gartner Challenge. She has also worked as a television broadcaster with CBC.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Canada CAN 15
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Alpine Skiing Women's Super G Canada CAN 23
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Canada CAN 17
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom Canada CAN AC DQ
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Alpine Skiing Women's Combined Canada CAN 8
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Canada CAN 1 Gold
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Alpine Skiing Women's Super G Canada CAN 6
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Alpine Skiing Women's Combined Canada CAN AC DQ
1994 Winter 27 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Canada CAN 19
1994 Winter 27 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Women's Super G Canada CAN 8

Women's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 15 1:28.07
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 1 1:52.55
1994 Winter 27 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 19 1:38.22

Women's Super G

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 23 1:22.11
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 6 1:23.76
1994 Winter 27 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 8 1:22.98

Women's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 17 2:13.32
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Alpine Skiing Canada Run 1 24 1:02.71
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Alpine Skiing Canada Run 2 18 1:10.61

Women's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings AC DQ
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Alpine Skiing Canada Run 1 AC DQ

Women's Combined

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 8 65.26
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Alpine Skiing Canada Downhill 8 26.08 1:18.15
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Alpine Skiing Canada Slalom 9 39.18 1:25.43
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Alpine Skiing Canada Slalom Run 1 11 42.23
1988 Winter 21 Calgary Alpine Skiing Canada Slalom Run 2 6 43.20
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings AC DQ
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Alpine Skiing Canada Downhill 4 8.10 1:26.49
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Alpine Skiing Canada Slalom AC DQ
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Alpine Skiing Canada Slalom Run 1 AC DQ [37.40]
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