Is Wayne Wong The Greatest Canadian Skier Of All Time?

Is Wayne Wong The Greatest Canadian Skier Of All Time?

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Is Wayne Wong The Greatest Canadian Skier Of All Time?

Is Wayne Wong The Greatest Canadian Skier Of All time?

It’s 1973 and there’s a hip new craze hitting the ski slopes. Called “hot dog” or freestyle skiing, it emphasizes “technique and high-spirited imagination rather than sheer speed,” according to this CBC-TV report. “We just go down the hill as fast and as crazy as we can,” explains Wayne Wong, one of the new sport’s biggest stars. And Doug Pfeiffer, editor of Skiing Magazine, uses popular 1970s lingo to sum up the sport: “It’s epitomized by the phrase, ‘Get it on! Let it all hang out!'” – CBC Digital Archives

Professional accomplishments

1971: 3rd place in the inaugural National Championships of Exhibition Skiing

1972: Skiing Magazine Freestyle Skier Of The Year

1972: Achieved a Level 4 Certification with the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance

1972-76: Member of the K2 and Salomon Freestyle Ski Teams

1973: Europa Cup Freestyle Champion

1973: Featured in a national TV ad for Pepsi Cola

1974: Rocky Mountain Freestyle Skiing Champion

1975: Member of the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Interski Team

1975: Japan International Freestyle Skiing Championships

1984; 1986; 1987: World Powder 8 Champion

1999: Recognized in Skiing Magazine’s 50th Anniversary Issue as one of the 25 Most Influential Skiers Of All time

2000: Voted by Ski Magazine as one of the Top 100 Skiers Of All Time

2002: Olympic Torch Bearer for the 2002 Olympic Games

2004: Receive the Guardian Angel Award for his dedication to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

2006: Named in Powder Magazine’s 35th Anniversary Issue as one of the Top 48 Greatest Skiers Of Our Time

2008: Received the Frances Williams Preston Award for his dedication to the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Research Center

2008: Appeared in Fred Ashman’s Imax movie, “Proud American”

2009: Inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall Of Fame

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