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Canada's Legendary Ski Team

Posted: Friday, November 7, 2008

No one in Europe had ever seen anything like it: a handful of young Canadian men fearlessly hurling themselves down the iciest, steepest courses of the ski racing circuit. Canada’s most well-known and accomplished group of skiers, The Crazy Canucks, dominated downhill racing in the 1970s and ‘80s. Author Janet Love Morrison chronicles their amazing story in her new book, The Crazy Canucks: Canada’s Legendary Ski Team, launching at the following events this winter season:

· Wednesday, November 19 from 6:00-7:30pm at the Calgary Public Library, Central Branch, 616 Macleod Trail SE, 4th floor meeting room.
· Thursday, November 20 at 7:00pm at Café Books, 100-826 Main St, Canmore AB

“Janet Love Morrison has written about an important part of our sporting history. For those of us who lived through that time, it’s a chance to be reminded of how exciting and innocent things were. And to be surprised by what we learn of the character and background of the four young men who so often lost their individual identities in all the chatter about the group. For a younger generation, this is like discovering the people who laid the first tracks in fresh powder—the boys of winter who inspired so many who followed.”
—Peter Mansbridge, from the foreword to The Crazy Canucks

Janet Love Morrison travelled extensively across Canada, Europe and South America to research this book. She interviewed over seventy people: competitors such as Franz Klammer, coaches, family members, journalists, trainers and many others. In 1997 she worked with Summerhill Productions on the CBC’s Life and Times: These Crazy Canucks. Love Morrison lives in North Vancouver, BC.