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Author Janet Love Morrison signs copies of The Crazy Canucks

Posted: Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Janet Love Morrison will be signing copies of her book in Whistler at Armchair Books (4205 Village Square), on Saturday, February 13th at 4:00pm, and Lululemon Athletica (Unit # 118 - 4154 Village Green) on Wednesday, February 24th at 9:00pm. Janet will also be in Vancouver at Chapters Robson Street (788 Robson Street), on Saturday, February 20th at 2:00pm.

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. At first these young Canadians were regarded as a bit of a joke as they travelled in a rusty old Volkswagen and showed little regard for the niceties of European alpine traditions. In the early 1970s no non-European had ever won a Men’s World Cup Downhill event and nobody expected this to change. Then in 1975 Canadian Ken Read won at the Val d’Isère and the Canadian boys began appearing on the World Cup podiums with increasing regularity. It didn’t take long for journalists to start calling them the “Kamikaze Canadians,” but the name that stuck was the “Crazy Canucks.”

The courage and high spirits of the young Canadian racers—Jim Hunter, Dave Murray, Dave Irwin, Ken Read and Steve Podborski—made them favourites across Europe, where Swiss or Austrian or French fans would rather see Canadians win than their old archrivals. As Canadians approach the 2010 Olympics with high hopes for their ski teams, The Crazy Canucks provides a timely look at a most distinguished—and colourful—chapter in our nation’s sporting history.

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.