Steve Podborski skied his way into the record books in a sport dominated by European teams.
Steve Podborski was born in Don Mills, Ontario (a suburb of Toronto). He grew up skiing on the slopes of Southern Ontario and racing in the local programs. In 1973 at the age of 16 he was named to the National Alpine Ski Team to race in the Can-Am Ski Series, the North American tour. In his first race on that tour in Whistler, B.C. he brought home a Silver Medal. In 1982, Steve was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1985, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1987, the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 1988, and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
Pobdborski led the team dubbed the “Crazy Canucks” for their high-flying performances on the world’s most dangerous ski hills. He was the first non-European man to win an Olympic medal, and the first to capture a World Cup Downhill title. To this day, no other North American man has won the World Cup title, a feat that Podborski accomplished no less than eight times.
Steve has been named as the Canadian team’s Chef de Mission for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He was assistant Chef de Mission to Natalie Lambert at Vancouver 2010, where Canada finished top of the overall medals table with a total of 26 medals, including 14 gold.
Steve lives in Whistler, British Columbia with his wife Kathy, son Ben and daughter Maddi. Steve also has a passion for Mountain Biking (on his Canadian-made Rocky Mountain), Skiing, Snowboarding, Golf, Diving and especially playing all the above with his family.
Steve remains active in the Olympic movement. He tackles life with the same fearlessness and enthusiasm as he attacked the world’s most challenging slopes. Audiences are inspired and entertained by this energetic and inspirational speaker.