Hall of Famer

Laurie Graham

Affiliated Discipline(s): Alpine
Hometown: Inglewood, ON / Ottawa, ON
Active Career Period: 1974 - 1998
Induction CSHF: 1991
Induction Category: Alpine: Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom
Laurie Graham. Alpine Canada Alpin.

Laurie Graham began skiing at the age of 5 and began competing at the age of 10. By the time she retired she had compiled an enviable racing record to become the foremost Canadian female skier of her time recording six World Cup victories, five in Downhill, and one in Super-G (Super Giant Slalom). Her victories included a first World Cup victory by a Canadian on home soil and also won the first ever WC Super G when it was added to the World Cup Circuit. She posted 34 top 10 FIS World Cup Downhill results.

Appointed a C.M. (Member) of the Order of Canada on July 11, 1998, her citation noted, in part, that “… she served gracefully as an unofficial ambassador to the sports world and as a much-respected role model and mentor to younger athletes.”

She competed in her first international competition in 1972 at the age of 12 at Mont Ste Marie, Quebec. A member of the Canadian Womens’ Alpine Team for 11-years from 1978 – 1988, her leadership qualities in the later stages of her competitive career were an inspiration to her younger teammates helping them to achieve personal bests on the World Cup circuit. She was on the Canadian Womens’ Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) teams in 1982 (Schladming, Austria) and 1986 (at Bormio, Italy) and competed for the Canadian teams at three Olympic Games, Lake Placid, New York, USA in 1980, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, in 1984, and Calgary, Alberta in 1988. In 1985 and 1986, she was the winner of the Seagram’s 5-star Award.

Career Highlights
1979
3rd place FIS World Cup, Downhill, Val d’Isere, France

1980
At Altenmarkt, Austria (December 1980) she injured her ankle which sidelined her until the Canadian National Championships in February (1981)

1981
3rd place, Canadian National Championships, Downhill

1982
3rd place FIS World Ski Championships, Downhill, Schladming, Austria
Received Sport Excellence Award from the Government of Canada at the 1982 Tribute to the Champions

1983
1st place FIS World Cup, Downhill, Mont Tremblant Canada – This was the first women’s World Cup Downhill on Canadian soil at Mt. Tremblant, Quebec (March 5, 1983)
4th place FIS World Cup, Downhill, Schruns, Austria
Attended first women’s training camp in New Zealand (August 1983)
Awarded 1983 Canadian Alpine Woman Skier of the Year (by Ski Racing International Journal)

1984
1st place FIS World Cup, Super G, Puy Ste Vincent, France – with a winning time of 1:15.73 down the 1,950 metre course;
Super G win was the first ever by a Canadian skier in the event it was the first event other than a Downhill won by a Canadian skier since Kathy Kreiner won the Giant Slalom at the 1976 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, AUT

1985
1st place FIS World Cup, Downhill, Val d’Isere, France
2nd place FIS World Cup, Downhill, Val d’Isere, France
1st place FIS World Cup, Downhill, Banff, Canada
3rd place FIS World Cup, Downhill, Banff, Canada
4th place FIS World Cup, Downhill, Vai,l USA

1986
1st place FIS World Cup, Downhill, Val d’Isere, France
1st place FIS World Cup, Downhill, Crans Montana, Switzerland
2nd place FIS World Cup, Downhill, Vail, USA
3rd place FIS World Cup, Downhill, Furano, Japan
3rd place FIS World Cup, Downhill, Puy Ste Vincent, France
3rd place FIS World Cup, Downhill, Badgastein, Austria
4th place FIS World Cup, Downhill, Crans Montana, Switzerland
Named Canadian Female Athlete of the Year

1987
2nd place FIS World Cup, Downhill, Vail, USA
2nd place FIS World Cup Downhill, Calgary, Canada
4th place FIS World Cup, Downhill, Val d’Isère, France

1988
5th place Olympic Winter Games, Downhill, Calgary, Canada
13th place Olympic Winter Games, Super G, Calgary, Canada

 

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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Laurie Graham (1980). Athlete Information Bureau / C80-11715.

Laurie Graham at Husky World Cup Downhill event at Nakiska (Mt. Allan), Alberta, on March 7, 1987. Alpine Canada Alpin / Alec Pytlowany.

1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, AB – Laurie Graham. Calgary Herald.

1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, AB – Laurie Graham. Calgary Herald.

Opening ceremonies for 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, AB. Laurie Graham (in front, waving to crowd), Kerrin Lee-Gartner (far right). Calgary Herald.

1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games Laurie Graham on training run
1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games Laurie Graham on training run. Photo Bob Johannsen.

1980 Canadian National Championships [L to R]: Gerry Sorensen (2nd), Laurie Graham (1st), Kathy Kreiner (3rd). Canadian Ski Association / Information & Resource Center

Laurie Graham
Laurie Graham. CSHFM Collection.
Laurie Graham 1986
Laurie Graham 1986. Alpine Canada Alpin.

Women’s National Alpine Ski Team c. 1985 [back]: Laurie Graham, Andréa Bédard, Karen Stemmle, Karen Percy [front]: Kerrin Lee, Liisa Savijarvi, Diana Haight. Alpine Canada Alpin.

Women’s National Alpine Ski Team 1978-79 [L to R]:Gustave Chable (coach), Martine Lesieur, Kathy Kreiner, Marie Dufresne, Ann Blackburn, Laurie Graham, Loni Klettl, Dianne Lehodey, Currie Chapman (coach). Alpine Canada Alpin.

Women’s National Alpine Ski Team c. 1980 [top row]: Lynda Robbins, Laurie Graham, Dianne Lehodey [bottom row]: Gerry Sorensen, Diana Haight, Shanne Leavitt. Alpine Canada Alpin.

National Alpine Women’s Olympic Ski Team 1984 [top row]: Andréa Bédard, Laurie Graham, Diana Haight [bottom row]: Liisa Savijarvi, Gerry Sorensen, Karen Stemmle. Alpine Canada Alpin.

National Alpine Ski Team 1984-85 [top row]: Andréa Bédard, Laurie Graham, Diana Haight, Josée Lacasse [bottom row]: Kerrin Lee, Karen Percy, Liisa Savijarvi, Karen Stemmle. Alpine Canada Alpin.

National Alpine Ski Team 1985 [top row]: Currie Chapman (head coach), Jim Kirby, Gary Athans, Chris McIver, Scott Shaver, Glenn Wurtele [2nd row]: ?, Don Stevens, Felix Belczyk, Paul Boivin, Todd Brooker, Chris Kent [3rd row]: Laurie Graham, Andréa Bédard, Karen Percy, Karen Stemmle, Josée Lacasse [bottom row]: Liisa Savijarvi, Diana Haight, Kerrin Lee Gartner. Alpine Canada Alpin.

National Alpine Ski Team 1985-86 [top row]: Todd Brooker, ?, Mike Tommy, Derek Thussler, Gary Athans, Alain Villiard, Paul Boivin, Don Stevens, Don Lyon (coach), Currie Chapman (coach), Max Gartner (coach), Carl Petersen (Fitness Co-ordinator) [2nd row]: Piotr Jelen (coach), Germain Barrette (coach), Bruce Henry (coach), ?, Felix Belczyk, Rob Boyd, Istvan Balyi, Glenn Wurtele [3rd row]: Jim Kirby, Andréa Bédard, Jim Read, Chris Kent, Brian Stemmle, Dan Moar, Chris McIver, Diana Haight, Scott Shaver [4th row]: Karen Stemmle, Laurie Graham, Kerrin Lee Gartner, Liisa Savijarvi, Kellie Casey, Josée Lacasse, Karen Percy. Alpine Canada Alpin.

Women’s National Alpine Ski Team 1985-86. [top row]: Andréa Bédard, Kellie Casey, Laurie Graham [bottom row]: Diana Haight, Josée Lacasse, Kerrin Lee. Alpine Canada Alpin.

National Alpine Ski Team 1986 [back row]: Glenn Wurtele (coach), Don Stevens, Rob Boyd, Todd Brooker, Mike Tommy, Carl Pettersen (fitness co-ordinator) [middle row]: Diana Haight, Andréa Bédard, Felix Belczyk, Chris Kent, Jim Read, Brian Stemmle, Kellie Casey [bottom row]: Karen Percy, Josée Lacasse, Laurie Graham, Karen Stemmle, Liisa Savijarvi. Alpine Canada Alpin.

Women’s National Alpine Ski Team 1986-87. [top row]: Andréa Bédard, Kellie Casey, Nancy Gee, Laurie Graham [bottom row]: Diana Haight, Josée Lacasse, Lucie LaRoche, Kerrin Lee. Alpine Canada Alpin.

National Alpine Ski Team 1987-88 [top row]: Andréa Bédard, Kellie Casey, Nancy Gee [bottom row]: Laurie Graham, Kendra Kobelka, Josée Lacasse. Alpine Canada Alpin.

National Alpine Ski Team 1988 [back row]: Rob Boyd, Don Stevens, Ralf Socher, Alain Villiard, Peter Bosinger, Mike Tommy [2nd row]: Mike Carney, Rob Crossan, Felix Belczyk, Jim Read, Dan Moar, Greg Grossman, Brian Stemmle, Rob Bosinger [3rd row]: Josée Lacasse, Kerrin Lee, Nancy Gee, Kendra Kobelka, Michelle McKendry, Liisa Savijarvi, Andréa Bédard [bottom row]: Lucie LaRoche, Kellie Casey, Karen Stemmle, Laurie Graham, Karen Percy. Alpine Canada Alpin.

National Alpine Ski Team c. 1979 [top row]: Ken Read, Steve Podborski, Dave Irwin, Dave Murray [bottom row]: Kathy Kreiner, Laurie Graham, Loni Klettl. Studio Impact.

National Alpine ski team members: Ken Read, Dave Murray, Gerry Sorensen, Laurie Graham, and Steve Podborski, in Europe receiving watches from OMEGA. Alpine Canada Alpin.

Judy Crawford (left) and Laurie Graham (right) at 1988 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Valberg Imaging – Andrea Cardin.

Master of ceremonies Jim Kirby and Laurie Graham at 1988 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Master of ceremonies Jim Kirby and Laurie Graham at 1988 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.
Master of Ceremonies Laurie Graham and Jim Kirby at 1988 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Master of Ceremonies Laurie Graham and Jim Kirby at 1988 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.

Laurie Graham (on left sitting at table) and inductee Gerry Sorensen (on right sitting at table) at 1988 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.

Master of Ceremonies Laurie Graham and inductee Steve Podborski at 1988 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Master of Ceremonies Laurie Graham and inductee Steve Podborski at 1988 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.
Canadian Ski Museum Chair, Bill Tindale, and Master of Ceremonies, Laurie Graham, at 1988 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Canadian Ski Museum Chair, Bill Tindale, and Master of Ceremonies, Laurie Graham, at 1988 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.

1985 Canadian Alpine Skiing Championships Recap (Speed Events) | Vintage Ski Video

Todd Brooker, Laurie Graham, Karen Stemmle and Lisa Savijarvi

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