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Ed Podivinsky

Full name: Edward Charles "Ed" Podivinsky
Nickname(s): Edi
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 209 lbs (95 kg)
Born: March 8, 1970 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: Snow Valley Ski Club
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

First noticed internationally after becoming the first Canadian to win a gold medal in the Alpine Downhill event, a feat that he accomplished at the 1989 World Junior Championships, Edi Podivinsky would go on to claim six World Cup titles and a bronze medal in the downhill event at his first Winter Olympic Games in 1994. He began training with the national team at the age of 15 and was originally scheduled to compete in 1992, but he dropped out after tearing his knee on the final day of training, an injury that forced him to miss the remainder of that World Cup Season. He competed at two more Winter Games in 1998 and 2002, never again reaching the podium, and used his retirement after the latter to disparage Alpine Canada’s treatment of its athletes and demand changes. He later pursued finance and, as of 2009, is the vice-president of global equity sales for Royal Bank of Canada. No Canadian has won an Olympic medal in alpine skiing since his success at the 1994 Games.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Canada CAN 3 Bronze
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Men's Super G Canada CAN AC DNF
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Men's Combined Canada CAN AC DNF
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Canada CAN 5
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Men's Super G Canada CAN AC DQ
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Men's Combined Canada CAN AC DNF
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Canada CAN 24
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Men's Super G Canada CAN AC DNF
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Men's Combined Canada CAN AC DNF

Men's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 3 1:45.87
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 5 1:50.71
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 24 1:41.69

Men's Super G

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings AC DNF
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings AC DQ
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings AC DNF

Men's Combined

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings AC DNF
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Canada Downhill 5 1:37.45
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Canada Slalom AC DNF
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Canada Slalom Run 1 AC DNF
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings AC DNF
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Canada Slalom AC DNF
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Canada Slalom Run 1 13 51.48
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Canada Slalom Run 2 AC DNF
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings AC DNF
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Canada Downhill 11 1:40.59
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Canada Slalom Run 1 AC DNF
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Canada Slalom AC DNF
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