Hall of Famer

Christian Percival

Affiliated Discipline(s): Alpine: Slalom, Downhill. Jumping, Nordic Combined
Date of Birth / Death: 1917 - 1994
Hometown: Côte des Neiges, Montreal, Que
Active Career Period: 1927 - 1940
Induction CSHF: 1987
Induction Category: Alpine: Slalom, Downhill. Jumping, Nordic Combined
Percival 'Punch' Bott competing at Montreal Ski Club jump, on Côte des Neiges road. CSHFM Collection.

“Punch” Bott, one of Canada’s outstanding skiers in the late 1930s and early 40s and remains unique as the only individual to have won both the Canadian National Alpine and Canadian Nordic Championships organized by the CASA (Canadian Amateur Ski Association); in Nordic competition, the Jumping, Cross-Country, and Combined events; in Alpine the Downhill, Slalom, and Combined events.

His ski Jumping Career began in 1927 when in Grad 4 and, at age 9, he won the Ski Club of Montreal’s Novice Jumping Championship. When designated a Class “A” competitor in 1930 at the age of 12, he became known as the “Schoolboy Wonder”.

1934
Gold Medal, CASA National Nordic Championships, Jumping event, Trois Rivieres, Quebec.

1935
Bronze Medal, United States Eastern Jumping Championships, Rumford, Maine, U.S.A.

1936
Gold Medal, CASA National Nordic Championships, Jumping event, Toronto, Ontario.
Silver Medal, CASA National Alpine Championships, Downhill event,Toronto, Ontario, Toronto, Ontario. (?)

1938
Silver Medal, CASA National Alpine Championships, Downhill event, Ottawa, Ontario.

1939
Silver Medal, CASA National Nordic Championships, Jumping event, Fort William, Ontario.
Gold Medal, CASA National Alpine Championships, Downhill Closed event, Fort William, Ontario.

1940
Bronze Medal, CASA Canadian National Nordic Championships, Jumping event, St Margarets and Cote des Neiges, Quebec.
Silver Medal, CASA Canadian National Alpine Championships, Downhill event, St Margarets and Cote des Neiges, Quebec.
Silver Medal, CASA Canadian National Alpine Championships, Slalom event, St Margarets and Cote des Neiges, Quebec.
Silver Medal, CASA Canadian National Alpine Championships, Combined event, St Margarets and Cote des Neiges, Quebec.

 

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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Christian 'Bott' Percival
Percival ‘Punch’ Bott. 1934 Canadian Ski Yearbook.

Punch Bott at Mount Rundle in Banff, Alberta. CSHFM Collection.

Punch Bott – far left. United Photographic Store – Montreal.

Punch Bott – far left. United Photographic Store – Montreal.

Percival 'Punch' Bott
Percival ‘Punch’ Bott.
Percival 'Punch' Bott in his latter years.
Percival ‘Punch’ Bott. CSHFM Collection.

Punch Bott (left) and Bill Tindale, Chair of the Canadian Ski Museum, at 1987 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection. Photo A. Irwin.

[L to R]: ?, Punch Bott, Margaret Clifford, Christian Clifford, John Clifford at 1988 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.

Punch Bott, Fraser Pullen and inductee Art Tommy at 1989 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.

Ski jumping at St Moritz, 1930

All the daredevil action captured by newsreel cameras perched at the top of the ski jump at St Moritz. This short Topical Budget newsreel item from January 1930 captures a ski jumping competition at St Moritz from every dramatic angle. Beginning with the dizzy height at the top of the jump, this captivating snapshot sees competitors hurtling down the slope, disappearing over the edge and finally in flight.

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