Hall of Famer

Peter Duncan

Affiliated Discipline(s): Alpine
Hometown: Sherbrooke, Que. / Mont Tremblant, Que.
Active Career Period: 1960 - 1970
Induction CSHF: 1986
Induction Category: Alpine: Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom
Peter Duncan 1967-68. Alpine Canada Alpin.

Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Peter Duncan was named to the Canadian National Alpine Team in 1960 at the age of 16 and competed at the national level for the next 10-years until 1970 before retiring. His sense of humour and leadership qualities were recognized by his selection as team captain by the National Ski Team members during the last years of his competitive career.

Duncan represented Canada at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria competing in all off the men’s alpine skiing events and the  following Winter Olympics in 1968, again competing in all the men’s alpine events.

Upon retirement, he received the John Semmelink Memorial Award for “…the skier who through sportsmanship, conduct and ability best represents Canada in international competition”.

Duncan was a torch bearer in the torch relay for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Competition highlights

1962
Competed for Canada in the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) Championships at Chamonix, France.

1964
10th place in the Combined Downhill and Slalom events at the Olympic Winter Games held in Innsbruck, Austria.
His was Canada’s top male competitor and his results were the highest ever recorded by a member of Canada’s Alpine Team at the Winter Olympic Games.
1st place finishes in the Adams Memorial and Quebec Kandahar races.

1965
1st place finish in the Peter Campbell Memorial event.

1966
Member of the Canadian Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) team competing at Bariloche, Chile where he won a Giant Slalom race in competition against the French national team. In this season, he had a 5th place in the Du Maurier Slalom, an 11th place finish in Giant Slalom at Stowe, Vermont, USA., and won the Peter Campbell Memorial event.

1966/1967
In 13 major events he placed in the top 15 including a 1st place finish in the Quebec Kandahar.

1968/1969
Competing on the international circuit, he received the top Federation International de Ski (FIS) rating of all Canadian team members including the women’s National Alpine Team. In FIS points awarded, his were the highest awarded to Canadian since the introduction of the points system.

1969/1970
Won the prestigious Roch Cup, the first Canadian male in 17-years to do so, with a 1st place in the Downhill event and a 3rd in Slalom.

 

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Peter Duncan
Peter Duncan. Alpine Canada Alpin.

National Alpine Men’s Ski Team at 1968 Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble, FRA [L to R]: Scott Henderson, Peter Duncan, Bob Swan, ? Bill McKay, ? Dr. Harold Kreiner, Gerry Rinaldi, Rod Hebron, John Platt (missing is Keith Shepard). International Press Service.

Peter Duncan. Val d’Isere. Peter Duncan’s Personal Collection.

[L to R]: Rod Hebron, Peter Duncan, Wayne Henderson. CSHFM Collection. Photo by Chantal Gravel.

National Alpine Ski Team 1965-66
National Alpine Ski Team 1965-66 [top row]: Dan Irwin, Karen Dokka, Nancy Mason, Nancy Greene, Ann Rowley, Stephanie Townsend, Gerry Rinaldi [2nd row]: Pierre Lebrun, Garrie Matheson, Barbie Walker, Heather Quipp, Andrée Crépeau, Currie Chapman, Jacques Roux [3rd row]: Michel Lehman, Peter Webster (Manager), Dave Jacobs (head coach), Verne Anderson (coach), Rod Hebron [3rd row]: Linda Bocock, Wayne Henderson, Peter Duncan, Bob Swan, Kelly Flock, Scott Henderson, Bob Calladine, Keith Shepherd, André Pomerleau.  Alpine Canada Alpin
National Alpine Ski Team 1968-69
National Alpine Ski Team 1968-69 [top row]: Dan Irwin, Bert Irwin, Betsy Clifford, Judy Leinweber, Judy Crawford, Bill McKay, Keith Shepherd [2nd row]: Scott Henderson, Al Raine (head coach), Gary Battistella (coach), Guy Christie (coach), Dan McKim (manager) [bottom row]: Wayne Henderson, John Ritchie, Dave Bruneau, Gerry Rinaldi, Bob Swan, Peter Duncan, Currie Chapman. Alpine Canada Alpin.
National Alpine Ski Team 1969-70
National Alpine Ski Team 1969-70 [1st row]: Sue Graves, Judy Crawford, Betsy Clifford, Laurie Kreiner, Diane Culver [2nd row]: Peter Duncan, Rod Hebron [3rd row]: Bert Irwin, Robert Fugere (coach), Gilbert Mollard (coach), Al Raine (head coach), Peter Franzen (coach), Ed Champagne (manager), Michael Culver [4th row]: Keith Shepherd, Dan Irwin, Graham Ness, Dave Bruneau, Gerry Rinaldi. Canadian Ski Association & Alpine Office / Lolly Moss.

Peter Duncan at 1986 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.

Master of Ceremonies Peter Duncan at 1990 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.

Inductee Pepi Salvenmoser (at podium) and Master of ceremonies, Peter Duncan (right), at 1990 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.

Master of ceremonies, Peter Duncan, at the 1991 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.

Peter Duncan (right) at Whistler. Peter Duncan’s Personal Collection.

Peter Duncan at Radio-Canada. Peter Duncan’s Personal Collection.

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