Hall of Famer

Robert A. R. Boyd

Affiliated Discipline(s): Alpine
Date of Birth / Death: 1966
Hometown: Whistler, BC
Active Career Period: 1984 - 1997
Induction CSHF: 2000
Induction Category: Alpine: Downhill, Super G
Rob Boyd 1986. Alpine Canada Alpin.

Rob Boyd was a member of the Canadian National Alpine Ski Team from 1985-1997. During this 12-year career, he won a total 3-World Cup Downhill races, finished in the top three on 6-occasions and finished in the top 15 no fewer than 28-times. He also qualified as a member of the national alpine ski team for 3-Winter Olympic Games (1988 Calgary, Alberta, 1992 Albertville Savoie, France, 1994 Lillehammer, Norway) and 6-World Championships. In 1989, he was the first Canadian male to win a World Cup Downhill event on Canadian soil at Whistler, British Columbia.

He was also a member of the British Columbia Alpine Ski Team in 1983 and 1984 which would lead to his selection to the National Development Group in 1985. He retired from World Cup competition in February, 1997, competed on the professional downhill circuit for three seasons:
1997/1998,1998/1999,1999/2000, and has appeared in a number of films as a freeskier/stunt performer for a variety of film companies including DesLauriers Films, Warren Miller, Greg Stump Productions, and Fuji Film. From 1986 to 1997 he appeared as a television commentator providing coverage of World Cup ski racing.

His awards include:
1984
British Columbia Athlete of the Year.

1984 – 1991
inclusive Premier’s Athletic Award.

1986
Senior & Overall Winner of the British Columbia Athlete of the Year award.
December 1986 Canadian Athlete of the Month.

1988
Canadian Sports Excellence Award.

1997 Inducted as an Honorary Board Member of the World Ski & Snowboard Festival.
Named Canadian Male Skier of the Year on 4-occasions by Ski Racing Magazine.

Competition highlights
1986
1st place, World Cup Downhill event, Val Gardena, Italy.

1987
1st place, World Cup Downhill event, Val Gardena, Italy.

1988
3rd place, World Cup Downhill event, Val Gardena, Italy.
16th place, Winter Olympic Games, Calgary, Alberta, Downhill event.

1990 1st place, World Cup Downhill event, Whistler British Columbia.
2nd place, World Cup Downhill event, Val Gardena, Italy.

1991 3rd place, World Cup Downhill event, Kitzbuhel, Austria.
1st place, Canadian National Championships, Super-G event.

1993 4th place, World Cup Downhill event, Val Gardena, Italy.
4th place, World Cup event, Val Gardena, Italy. (Two Downhill events run at the same venue.)

1996 1st place, Canadian National Championships, Downhill event.

 

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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Rob Boyd. Alpine Canada Alpin.

Rob Boyd. Alpine Canada Alpin.

Rob Boyd. Alpine Canada Alpin.

On December 12, 1987 in Val Gardena, Italy, Rob Boyd became the World’s youngest World Cup winner in over ten years. Alpine Canada Alpin.

Rob Boyd. Alpine Canada Alpin.

Rob Boyd at 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Alberta. Alpine Canada Alpin.

Rob Boyd. Alpine Canada Alpin.

On December 12, 1987 in Val Gardena, Italy, Rob Boyd became the World’s youngest World Cup winner in over ten years.
On December 12, 1987 in Val Gardena, Italy, Rob Boyd became the World’s youngest World Cup winner in over ten years. Alpine Canada Alpin.
Rob Boyd at 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games.
Rob Boyd at 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games. Dennis Adkin.
Rob Boyd wins gold in World Cup downhill at Val Gardena, Italy, 1987. Brian Stemmle won bronze.
Rob Boyd wins gold in World Cup downhill at Val Gardena, Italy, 1987. Brian Stemmle won bronze. Alpine Canada Alpin.

Rob Boyd. Alpine Canada Alpin.

Rob Boyd.
Rob Boyd. 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.

National Alpine Ski Team 1986 [back row]: Todd Brooker, Mike Tommy, Jim Read, Felix Belczyk, Don Stevens [front row]: Brian Stemmle, Rob Boyd, Chris Kent. 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.

Men’s National Alpine Ski Team 1986 [L to R]: Brian Stemmle, Rob Boyd, Gary Athans, Chris McIver, Dan Moar, Mike Carney, Rob Bosinger, Todd Brooker, Chris Kent, Don Stevens, Felix Belczyk. Alpine Canada Alpin.

National Alpine Ski Team 1986 [back row]: Paul Boivin, Chris Kent, Don Stevens, Felix Belczyk, Daniel Moar, Gary Athans [front row]: Brian Stemmle, Chris McIver, Scott Shaver, Jim Kirby, Rob Boyd, Todd Brooker. Alpine Canada Alpin.

Men’s National Alpine Ski Team 1987-88 [top row]: Felix Belczyk, Peter Bosinger, Rob Bosinger, Rob Boyd [bottom row]: Mike Carney, Rob Crossan, Greg Grossman, Dan Moar. 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.

Rob Boyd wins downhill (Whistler Mt. 1989)

How Rob Boyd Made Downhill Skiing History On His Home Mountain | Hometown Hockey | SPORTSNET

Whistler resident Rob Boyd made downhill skiing history on his home mountain. It’s a moment that is still talked about and celebrated in the community today.

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