Olympic gold medal moguls skier Jean-Luc Brassard, former world downhill champion Mélanie Turgeon, freestyle pioneer Greg Athans and longtime volunteer Dave Pym are being inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame.
Brassard, a four-time Olympian, was the star of the 1994 Lillehammer Games with his gold medal charge down the hill to the pounding background of rock and roll music. He won dozens of World Cup freestyle medals and won two gold medals in the 1993 and 1997 world championships.
He remains involved in sport, as a photo-journalist, television commentator, and a mentor to young athletes, particularly in Quebec.
Turgeon, of Laval, Que., had eight World Cup podium finishes and in the days of thin ranks in the mid-1990s, often was Canada's lone female World Cupper in Europe. In 2003, she won the world championship downhill and was named Alpine Canada's female athlete of the year. She served notice of her talent early, dominating the 1994 Junior World Championships by winning medals in all five alpine, two of them gold.
Turgeon was member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team from 1992 to 2005 and was Canadian national champion in four alpine events (giant slalom, super G, slalom and downhill. Her heavy workload forced Turgeon into an early retirement two seasons ago because of herniated discs in her back.
Athans was one of Canada's earliest pioneers in freestyle skiing had an outstanding number of victories in competition between his debut year in 1976, and his retirement in 1982. In 1976, he astonished the freestyle skiing world by winning the mogul, ballet and combined titles on the Professional Freestyle Alliance circuit. In 1978, he repeated this effort by winning both moguls and ballet titles and, again, in 1980 winning the moguls title and the coveted World Cup Grand Prix award for the best all-around competitor.
Pym, of Vancouver B.C., has spent the better part of his 40 year involvement in ski racing as a volunteer at all levels, from local clubs to the Olympic Winter Games. He has worked on education of officials, homologation of Canadian race courses, and advancing the Canadian position within Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) and other international alpine skiing organizations. He became nanaging director of the Canadian SnowSports Association in 2002.
The four new inductees, to be officially installed April 17, brings the honour roll of the Hall to to 148 competitors, officials, coaches, trainers, instructors, and builders.