Hall of Famer

Edi Podivinsky

Affiliated Discipline(s): Alpine
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Active Career Period: 1995 - 2000
Induction CSHF: 2007
Induction Category: Alpine: Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom, Combined
Edi Podivinsky at the 1994 Winter Olympics - Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill. Photo Alchetron.

Edi Podivinsky was Canada’s top male in Alpine Downhill and Super-G for over a decade in the 1990s. A 13-year veteran of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team (CAST) Edi was a member from 1989 to 2002. Edi initially attracted international attention when he became the first Canadian to win a medal (gold) in the Downhill event at the 1989 FIS World Junior Championships, Aleyska, Alaska at the age of 19.

Edi had a very successful competitive career. A three-time Olympian, he won the Bronze Medal on the Kvitfjell course at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. In 1998 he raced to a 5th place finish in Downhill at the Nagano Olympic Winter Games. Edi finished in the top ten 20 times in 141 appearances on the FIS World Cup circuit, he won six World Cup titles.

Competitive highlights in Canadian National and Nor-Am Cup events (Top-10 finishes)
1995
7th place, Giant Slalom, National Championships, Stoneham/Le Relais, Quebec
5th place, Slalom, National Championships, Stoneham/Le Relais, Quebec
1st place, Downhill, National Championships, Mont Ste Anne, Quebec
3rd place, Super-G, National Championships, Mont Ste Anne, Quebec
3rd place, Downhill, Nor-Am Cup, Whitefish, Montana
9th place, Giant Slalom, Nor-Am Cup, Whistler, British Columbia

1996
6th place, Slalom, National Championships, Le Relais, Quebec
6th place, Giant Slalom, National Championships, Stoneham, Quebec
1st place, Downhill, National Championships, Mont Ste Anne, Quebec

1997
3rd place, Giant Slalom, National Championships, Rossland, British Columbia
4th place, Downhill, National Championships, Rossland, British Columbia
2nd place, Super-G, National Championships, Rossland, British Columbia

1998
1st place, Downhill, Nor-Am Cup, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

2000
6th place, Giant Slalom, National Championships, Sun Peaks, British Columbia

2001
2nd place, Downhill, Nor-Am Cup, Lake Louise, Alberta
3rd place, Downhill, Nor-Am Cup, Lake Louise, Alberta
3rd place, Downhill, National Championships, Mont Ste Anne, Quebec
7th place, Super-G, National Championships, Mont Ste Anne, Quebec
8th place, Slalom, National Championships, Mont Orford, Quebec

2002
4th place, Downhill, National Championships, Whistler, British Columbia

Competitive highlights in International, Olympic and other events (Top-10 places)

1988
8th place, Downhill, FIS Junior World Championships, Madonna di Campiglio, Italy

1989
1st place, Downhill, FIS World Junior Championships, Aleyska, Alaska

1991
9th place, Combined, FIS World Ski Championships, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria

1994
1st place, Downhill, FIS World Cup, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria
5th place, Combined, FIS World Cup, Chamonix, France
Bronze Medal, Downhill, XVII Olympic Winter Games, Lillehammer, Norway
7th place, Downhill, FIS World Cup, Aspen, Colorado
4th place, Downhill, FIS World Cup, Aspen Colorado
5th place, Downhill, FIS World Cup, Cail Colorado

1995
4th place, Downhill, FIS World Cup, Kitzbühel, Austria
7th place, Combined, FIS World Cup, Wengen, Switzerland
5th place, Downhill, FIS Race, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria
4th place, Super-G, FIS World Cup, Whistler, British Columbia
4th place, Downhill, FIS Race, Mont Ste Anne, Quebec
9th place, Giant Slalom, FIS Race, Whistler, British Columbia
4th place, Super-G, South American Cup, El Colorado/Farellone, Chile
10th place, Downhill, FIS World Cup, Vail, Colorado
3rd place, Downhill, FIS World Cup, Bormio, Italy

1996
5th place, Combined, FIS World Cup, Kitzbühel, Austria
2nd place, Super-G, FIS Race, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
2nd place Downhill, FIS Race, Mont Ste Anne, Quebec
3rd place, Slalom, FIS Race, Mont Garceau, Quebec
2nd place, Giant Slalom, FIS Race, Mont Garceua, Quebec
4th place, Downhill, FIS World Cup, Bormio, Italy

1997
10th place, FIS World Cup, Kitzbühel, Austria
4th place, Super-G, FIS World Cup, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
3rd place, Downhill, FIS World Cup, Kvitfjell, Norway
5th place, Downhill, South American Cup,Valle Nevado/LaParva, Chile

1998
9th place, Downhill, FIS World Cup, Wengen, Switzerland
3rd place, Combined, FIS World Cup, Kitzbühel, Austria
5th place, Downhill, XVIII Winter Olympic Games, Nagano, Japan
1st place, Downhill, USA National Championships, Jackson, Wyoming

1999
3rd place, Downhill, FIS World Cup, Val Gardena, Italy
10th place, Downhill, FIS World Cup, Val Gardena, Italy

2000
3rd place, Downhill, FIS World Cup, Wengen, Switzerland
5th place, Downhill, FIS World Cup, Bormio, Italy

 

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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Edi Podivinsky, bronze medalist in downhill at 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. Canadian Sport Images / Claus Andersen.

National Alpine Ski Team 1989-90 Men’s Giant Slalom/Slalom Team [back row]: Ernst Kovac, Alain Villiard, David Duchesne, Greg Peroff, Rob Crossan, Greg Grossmann, Louis-Francois Gagnon, Doug Little, Fraser Dodds. [front row]: Alain Chevalier, Brad King, Mark Bonnell, Piotr Jelen, Eric Villiard, Edi Podivinsky, Brenda Rankin, Guy Berthiaume. Alpine Canada Alpin.

Max Gartner, Bjorger Pettersen, Nicolas Fontaine, Karolina Wisniewska, Edi Podivinsky – 2007 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Valberg Imaging / Andrea Cardin.

Inductee Edi Podivinsky at 2007 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Valberg Imaging / Andrea Cardin.

Edi Podivinsky at Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2007. Valberg Imaging / Andrea Cardin.

Inductee Edi Podivinsky with Ed Champagne at 2007 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Inductee Edi Podivinsky with Ed Champagne at 2007 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Valberg Imaging / Andrea Cardin.

Bib 39: Ed Podivinsky wins downhill (Saalbach 1994)

Ed Podivinsky's downhill run in Saalbach 1994

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