Hall of Famer
Judy Crawford Rawley
In the late 60s and early 70s, Judy Crawford was one of Canada’s most accomplished Alpine skiers. She was an alternate member of the national team at the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France in 1968 and, in 1972, competed as a member of the National Team at Sapporo, Japan where she missed a Bronze Medal in the Slalom event by a mere fraction of a second, finishing in 4th place in the Combined standings.
On her 16th birthday in 1967, she became the first Ontario-based skier to make the Canadian Women’s Alpine Ski team and remained with the team for seven years until her retirement in 1974. She was also a member of the Canadian Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) team in 1970 and 1974.
In March 1971, at Aspen, Colorado, U.S.A., Judy won the United States National Championships, placing 2nd in Giant Slalom and 4th in both Slalom and Downhill events. That year, she also won the Downhill event in the Canadian Championships at Whistler, British Columbia.
In World Cup competition between 1969 and 1974, she finished among the top ten competitors on no fewer than 23 occasions, 5 times in Downhill, 4 in Giant Slalom and 14 times in Slalom. At the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) World Championships held in Val Gardena, Italy in 1970, she had a 4th place finish in Downhill and in the 1974 St Moritz, Switzerland, World Championships, she had top ten finishes in both Slalom and Giant Slalom events and finished with a 4th place overall in the Combined.
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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1972 Canadian Olympic Women’s Alpine Ski Team [L to R]: Peter Franzen (coach), Judy Crawford, Laurie Kreiner, Dianne Pratte, Kathy Kreiner. Michael Burns Photography.
National Women’s Alpine Ski Team 1970 [L to R]: Diana Gibson, Betsy Clifford, Carolyn Oughton,?, Judy Crawford,?,?, Peter Franzen (coach). Photo Wolf Schruns Voralberg.
National Alpine Ski Team 1971-72 [top row]: Doug Woodcock, Betsy Clifford, Judy Crawford, Kathy Kreiner, Diane Culver, Laurie Kreiner, Carolyn Oughton, Diane Pratte, Virginia Honeyman, Russel Goodman [middle row]: Luc Dubois (coach), Don Lyon (coach), Robert Butler (coach), Al Raine (Alpine Program Director) [bottom row]: Peter Bellos, Aidan Ballantyne, Jim Hunter, Rick Hunter, Doug Temple, Mike Culver, Derek Robbins, Reto Barrington, Paul Carson. D. Richard Houlding Photography, Toronto.
National Alpine Ski Team – October 1972 in Stelvio, Italy [L to R]: Carolyn Oughton, Virginian Honeyman, Kathy Kreiner, ?, Laurie Kreiner, Karen Cloutier, Diana Gibson, ?, Judy Crawford, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Mike Culver, ?, ?, Russell Goodman, ?, ?, Peter Ballos, ?, ?, ?, Jim Hunter, ?, ?, ?, ?. Alpine Canada Alpin.
National Women’s Alpine Ski Team [L to R]: Verne Anderson, Pat Ramage, Karen Dokka, Betsy Clifford, Judy Crawford, Judi Leinweber, Nancy Greene c. 1968. Source: Fotostudio Hoss Oberstaufen.
Judy Crawford (left) and Laurie Graham (right) at 1988 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Valberg Imaging – Andrea Cardin.