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Bill Irwin

Alpine :: Downhill :: Slalom :: Giant Slalom
Nordic Combined :: Jumping :: Builder

At the time of his induction into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 2000 at the age of 80, William "Bill" Irwin had been involved in skiing for over 71-years.  The name Irwin is synonymous with Canadian skiing with no fewer than 7-family members involved on National teams at various times, including his son, Dave, one of the legendary National Team Members known as "The Crazy Canucks".

He inherited his love of skiing from his father, Bert, who managed the Amber Ski Club, Princeton, British Columbia and built Canada's first cable-handle rope tow at Amber in 1934, putting notches into short pieces of hockey sticks for the skiers to use as handles to grip the cable.  Bill Irwin's exceptional racing career - he is generally regarded as one of Canada's greatest skiers in the 30s and 40s - began when he won the first race he entered, the "Potato Race" at Amber in 1930.  He also won the last race he entered, the "Over the Hill Downhill" at Silver Star resort, Vernon, British Columbia at 63 years of age... ['CLICK' BELOW TO READ FULL BIOGRAPHY]

Born:  1920

Active Period:  1937 - 1955

Inducted:  2000

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