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Steve Podborski

Full name: Stephen Gregory "Steve" Podborski
Gender: Male
Born: July 25, 1957 in Don Mills, Ontario, Canada
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


A member of the “Crazy Canucks”, a band of Canadian alpine skiers who became prominent for their fast and reckless skiing in World Cup events in the 1970s and 1980s, Steve Podborski was the only one of them to win an Olympic medal: bronze in the downhill event at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Prior to that he had been a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team since 1973, making his first World Cup appearance the following year at the age of 17. Two years later he became the first North American to win the World Cup season title in the same event and, when he retired after the 1984 Winter Olympics, he had won a total of eight World Cup downhill events.

Podborski has kept busy since his retirement, working for Telus in British Columbia as Director of Sports Marketing. He has also worked as a sports commentator, covering Winter Olympic events for CBS and NBC from 1998 through 2006, and was a member of the organizing committee for the 2010 Winter Olympics, focusing on international relations, in addition to participating in the torch relay. In 1982 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame, the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, and Canada's Walk of Fame in 1985, 1987, 1988, 2004, and 2006 respectively.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Canada CAN 3 Bronze
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Canada CAN 8

Men's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 3 1:46.62
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing Canada Final Standings 8 1:46.59
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