The Canadian Origins of Skiing and Snowboarding
As we time-travel back in our minds, we can put ourselves into the shoes of the first pioneers of skiing, a sport first founded 22,000 years ago.
Myriam Bédard became a household name in Canada as a three-time Olympic medalist who earned Canada’s first-ever biathlon Olympic medal.
The Ile des Soeurs, Quebec, resident made her Olympic debut at Albertville 1992 when the sport made its Olympic debut for women, winning a bronze medal in the 15km individual event. Two years later Myriam won her first gold medal in the 15km individual, followed by another Olympic gold in the 7.5km individual race, when she was the defending world champion. Myriam won the race by a mere 1.1 seconds, using mismatched skies that were waxed differently. She competed at the Olympic Games in Nagano in 1998, but had suffered numerous injuries, and her best finish was 17th in the 4×7.5km relay.
A member of Canada’s national biathlon team from 1987-1998, Myriam captured two junior national and three senior national titles. Her first major international title was a 1991 World Cup event and first world title was at the 1993 World Championships in Bulgaria, winning gold in the 7.5km sprint (silver in the 15km).
Myriam’s successes led to her to be inducted into the Canadian Sport Hall of Fame in 1999 and she was further recognized by the International Olympic Committee as one of 10 athletes receiving an Olympic Order awarded to “… those who have achieved remarkable merit in the sports world, or have rendered outstanding services to the Olympic cause, either through personal achievement or to the development of sport”.
Please Note: The ski information gathered here is compiled from a number of sources; it may not be inclusive of all accomplishments. Copyright © 2002, Canadian Ski Museum. For Personal/Educational use only. All Rights Reserved.
Myriam Bédard at 2001 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. W.P. McElligott / 5226-7.
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.
Gold: Antje Misersky | GER Silver: Svetlana Pechorskaya EUN | Bronze: Myriam Bedard CAN
Interview with Myriam Bedard
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