Hall of Famer

Andrew (Andy) Tommy

Affiliated Discipline(s): Alpine
Date of Birth / Death: 1932 - 2004
Hometown: Ottawa, ON / Edelweiss Valley, QC
Active Career Period: 1949 - 2004
Induction CSHF: 1990
Induction Category: Alpine: Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom; Builder
Andy Tommy. CSHFM Collection.

Andy Tommy was a member of a famous Ottawa, Ontario, sporting family. His father, Andy Sr., was a professional football player, while his brothers, Art and Fred were competitive skiers. Unusually, all three brothers, Andy, Art, and Fred, were members of Canada’s Alpine Ski Team. Within the framework of the sport of skiing, Andy Tommy participated successfully as a competitor, instructor, coach, and businessman.

As an instructor, he was an Examiner for the professional Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance and Head of the Ski School at Chalet Cochand, Ste Marguerite, Quebec. As a businessman, he left an indelible mark on the Ottawa ski scene and was involved in the founding and operations of the Tommy & Lefebvre ski equipment retail chain, and the Edelweiss Valley Ski and Golf Resort for which he acted as General Manager.

For much of the late 1940s and ’50s when his competitive career was at its peak, he was plagued by a frustrating pattern of injuries including six broken legs and, in 1949, was struck by another skier while waiting by the side of a racecourse in Stowe, Vermont. The incident put him in a coma for more than a week, prompting doctors to tell him he would never ski again. Although he didn’t ski for 22 months, he proved the doctors wrong with his racing successes between 1950 and 1960.

Partial Competitive Highlights

Member, Canadian Team from the Ottawa Ski Club at the Internationale de Ski (FIS) Championships at Lake Placid, USA, and Aspen, USA.

1st place, Taschereau Downhill, Mont Tremblant, Quebec

1st place, Quebec Championship in both Downhill and Slalom

1st place, Kandahar Downhill, Quebec

1st place, Ryan Cup Giant Slalom, Mont Tremblant, Quebec
2nd place, Downhill and Slalom, Compulsory Eligibility Trials for the 1956 Olympic Winter Games, Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy.
6th place, Canadian National Downhill and Slalom Championships, Mont Tremblant, Quebec

In 1956, he suffered a double fracture of his right leg which kept him from competing at the Cortina Olympic Winter Games

Selected as Manager of the Canadian National Alpine Ski Team for the 1960 Olympic Winter Games at Squaw Valley, USA


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Andy Tommy (standing, far right). CSHFM Collection.

Andy Tommy
Andy Tommy. CSHFM Collection.

Dunlop Boys, Andy & Art Tommy & John Clifford. Photo Chas Beddoe.

Andy Tommy at Central Canada Ski Championships, February 13, 1949, Held at Camp Fortune by the Ottawa Ski Club. The downhill event took place on Kings Mountain. Andy Tommy whose time was 1:07, racing in this photo. Photo courtesy of: Gatineau Valley Historical Society / Camp Fortune History.

Canadian Amateur Ski Association (CASA) Ski Executive [back row]: Bud Clark (President), Roger Vincent, Andy Tommy, Jim Dunn, Bud Archibald [front row]: Eddie Condon, J.P.Taylor, Cecil Clark, Les Thackery. Newton Associates.

Inductee Andy Tommy, ?, and Canadian Ski Museum Chair, Erle Bergh, at 1990 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.

Inductee Andy Tommy with Canadian Ski Museum Chair, Erle Bergh, at 1990 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Inductee Andy Tommy with Canadian Ski Museum Chair, Erle Bergh, at 1990 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.