Hall of Famer
Bill Keenan came by his freestyle skiing skills naturally as an extension of his background in a number of competitive sports in high school including, among others, gymnastics, and ski racing. Her was selected to represent Canada on the National Freestyle team in 1980 and remained on the team for seven years until his retirement in 1986.
His talent was confirmed in his first season, 1980, when he was named Freestyle World Cup Moguls “rookie of the Year” with a second place overall. Two years later in 1982, he was Canada’s Freestyle Moguls Champion and a year after that, he became the best in the world in his discipline when he was named the 1983 World Cup Moguls Champion. In the same year he also received a National Sports Award of Excellence, and event repeated again in the following year, 1984.
He won 9-World Cup Moguls events:
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His rankings in World Cup Moguls competition were consistently high:
He was a member of the University of Calgary Gymnastics team when it won the Western Canadian Championships in 1978, and his freestyle skiing skills were further recognized when he became a stunt skier in the highly successful James Bond film “A View to Kill”.
Bill Keenan’s photo was used on the $20 coin minted specially for Calgary’s 1988 Winter Olympic Games. He was also the color commentator for freestyle during those Olympics.
Please Note: The ski information gathered here is compiled from a number of sources; it may not be inclusive of all accomplishments.
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Inductees Jim McConkey, Kate Pace, Dorothy Read, Myriam Bédard, and Bill Keenan at 2001 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. W.P. McElligott / 5226-18
Bill Keenan 2015 Inductee Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame
Induction video profiling the career of Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame 2015 Inductee Bill Keenan