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Nancy Greene

Assumed office 
January 2, 2009[1]

Born May 11, 1943 (1943-05-11) (age 66)
Ottawa, Ontario
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Al Raine
Olympic medal record
Women’s Alpine Skiing
Gold 1968 Grenoble Giant Slalom
Silver 1968 Grenoble Slalom
World Championships
Gold 1968 Grenoble Combined

Nancy Catherine Greene OC OBC OD LLD (hc) (born May 11, 1943) is a Canadian Senator for British Columbia and a champion alpine skier voted as Canada's Female Athlete of the 20th Century. She was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.



Early life

At the age of three, Nancy Greene moved with her family to Rossland, British Columbia, a mountainous area and the site of the first ski competition ever held in Canada in 1897. The child of avid skiers, Greene began at a young age and while in high school she competed in the Canadian Junior Championships. She would go on to become Canada's most decorated ski racer in history with the most World Cup victories, male or female.


Nicknamed "Tiger" because of her go-for-it attitude and her aggressive style of skiing, she won the Canadian ski championship nine times and the United States championship, three times. In 1967, Nancy Greene broke the European domination of the sport, becoming the first skier to win the World Cup. That year she won seven of 16 events, taking the over-all title with four giant slalom victories, plus two in slalom and one in downhill. Her accomplishment earned her Canadian "Athlete of the Year" honours.

In 1968 she won the World Cup title again plus at the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France, she captured a gold medal in the giant slalom by one of the largest margins in Olympic History and a silver medal in the slalom. For the second time, she was named Canada's "Athlete of the Year."

Following her retirement from competition, she made a major contribution to Canadian sport by accepting an appointment to the federal Government's "Task Force on Sport For Canadians." During this period Greene also did promotional work for various companies including Rossignol, Pontiac, and Mars Inc. In a 1970's television commercial for the latter product she was seen to discard the wrapper onto a ski slope in the course of consuming the product. This minor act, coming at a time of nascent environmental sentiment, appears to have entered the public memory as references to it have dogged her over the years.

Married with twin boys, Nancy Greene and her husband Al Raine were instrumental in the early development of the Whistler-Blackcomb Resort in Whistler, British Columbia, and then later in the development and promotion of skiing at Sun Peaks Resort, just north of Kamloops, British Columbia. The expansion of the resort was not without controversy as some Native groups opposed the move, and protesters occupying the new site were removed by arrest under a provincial injunction.[2] Nancy is Director of Skiing at Sun Peaks Resort and skis almost every day. Nancy and Al built Nancy Greene's Cahilty Lodge where they make their home. Dedicated to the promotion of her sport, for more than 30 years the Nancy Greene Ski League has been an important entry-level race program for young children.

Over the years, Nancy Greene has been the recipient of numerous awards including her country's highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada. She has been honoured with the naming of "Nancy Greene Provincial Park" and "Nancy Greene Lake" in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia's Kootenay region. A stretch of Capilano Road in North Vancouver was renamed Nancy Greene Way. In 1999, her name was engraved in Canada's Walk of Fame and she was voted Canada's female athlete of the century in a survey of newspaper editors and broadcasters conducted by The Canadian Press and Broadcast News.

In 1990, Greene and husband Al Raine were encouraged by the BC provincial government to pursue development of a new ski resort in the Melvin Creek Valley, between Mount Currie and Lillooet, both predominantly Native communities. Perhaps coincidentally, the rough road accessing the area was paved and upgraded at this time by the government as an extension to highway 99, the main road from Vancouver to Pemberton. Despite opposition from Native groups [3], backcountry recreationists, biologists, and environmental organizations[4], the project received approval from BC's Environmental Assessment Office in 2000, but has been stalled in a series of protests and blockades since. It appears the project is on hold for the period leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

In April 2005, Ms Greene Raine was named Chancellor of Thompson Rivers University.

On January 2, 2009, Greene took her seat as a Conservative member of the Senate of Canada.

Major Awards

See also

External links


  1. ^ "Senate of Canada: List of Senators". 2009-12-16. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Elaine Tanner
Lou Marsh Trophy winner
1967, 1968
Succeeded by
Russ Jackson
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Stefania Belmondo
Final Winter Olympic Torchbearer
with Catriona LeMay Doan, Steve Nash, and Wayne Gretzky

Vancouver 2010
Succeeded by
TBA 2014
Academic offices
Preceded by
New position
Chancellor of Thompson Rivers University

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