Hall of Famer
“In his 60-year involvement with alpine skiing, Shaun Fripp has been involved in every aspect of the sport, as a competitor, coach, official, and the ski industry as a director of marketing for a local ski area. He has continued to work to ensure the rich national history of skiing and snowboarding is preserved…”
John Fripp was an all-around skier (Downhill, Slalom, Giant slalom, Jumping and Cross-country), a coach, an official and a volunteer. “I did a little bit of everything and it was enough″ said Fripp.
As a junior, he won the Canadian ski jumping title in 1952 and was the alpine downhill bronze medallist in 1953. Fripp won the Men’s senior slalom title in 1956.
He was named to the Canadian Team for the 1958 World Alpine Ski Championships in Austria, but never raced because he fell during a training session, crashed into a tree and injured a leg.
At the 1960 Olympic trials, he placed eighth and only the top seven men went to Squaw Valley, California.
“I just enjoyed skiing and got to put a little bit back″ added Fripp, the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and Museum Director of on-hill events. The Ottawa Ski Club member also won three Quebec and two Canadian junior four-way (jumping, cross-country, downhill and slalom) titles.
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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National Alpine Ski Team arrival at Zurich Airport and met for transport to Hohenems, Austria by Anton Kastle and staff members Standing [L to R]: Kastle Staff Translator, John Fripp, Fred Tommy, Jean-Marc Leonard, John Semmelink, Peter Ryan, Lorne O’Connor (maybe behind Peter Ryan), John Platt, Bill Stevens, Anne Heggtveit, Lucile Wheeler, Kastle Ski Rep, Anton Kastle Seated [L to R]: Jim Quarles, Dave Jacobs, Shaun Fripp (list not inclusive). ATP Bilderdienst, Zurich.
This news clipping is entitled ”Canada’s Future Olympic Hopefuls in training” and features a photo of the Olympic ski team prospects for the 1960 Olympic Winter Games. In the photo is: Othmar Schneider, Phil Beaulieu, Anne Heggtveit, Mrs. Paul Ramage, Bob Gratton, Shaun Fripp, Faye Pitt, Darcy Marsh, John Sommerlink, John Todd, Glen Fraser, Mervin O’Neill, Peter Ryan, Reg Lefebvre and Ray Hamelin. The clipping was published on Thursday January 10, 1957 in the Montreal Star. CSHFM Collection.