Hall of Famer
Wayne Wong is a Canadian pioneer of freestyle skiing, and an inductee into both the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. Born in Vancouver, BC, Wong is considered one of the most influential skiers of the 20th century, according to both SKI and Powder magazines. He is the inventor of the famous “Wong Banger” and starred in countless skiing movies.
Professional Accomplishments (Wikipedia)
1971: 3rd place in the inaugural National Championships of Exhibition Skiing
1972: Skiing magazine Freestyle Skier Of The Year
1972: Achieved a Level 4 Certification with the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance
1972–76: Member of the K2 and Salomon Freestyle Ski Teams
1973: Europa Cup Freestyle Champion
1973: Featured in a national TV ad for Pepsi Cola
1974: Rocky Mountain Freestyle Skiing Champion
1975: Member of the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Interski Team
1975: Japan International Freestyle Skiing Championships
1984; 1986; 1987: World Powder 8 Champion
1999: Recognized in Skiing Magazine’s 50th Anniversary Issue as one of the 25 Most Influential Skiers Of All time
2000: Voted by Ski Magazine as one of the Top 100 Skiers Of All Time
2002: Olympic Torch Bearer for the 2002 Olympic Games
2004: Receive the Guardian Angel Award for his dedication to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
2006: Named in Powder Magazine’s 35th Anniversary Issue as one of the Top 48 Greatest Skiers Of Our Time
2008: Received the Frances Williams Preston Award for his dedication to the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Research Center
2008: Appeared in Fred Ashman’s Imax movie, “Proud American”
2009: Inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame
Any discussion about the early years of “Hot Dog” skiing must include the iconic name of Wayne Wong. Handsome and charismatic, Wong was highly marketable, and an engaging character. He personified the look and style of the Hot Dog movement, and helped develop many of the freestyle moves, including the famous “Wong Banger”, that propelled him into the limelight. His signature tricks on the snow, great smile and personality made him a cultural icon of the early freestyle era. Both SKI and Powder magazines have named him among the most influential skiers of the 20th century.
After years of competing at a world-class level, Wong remained on the ski scene. He is one of the few who parlayed his fame into becoming a true ambassador for the sport. Being recognized at the international level, he continues to maximize the value of his storied career. Whether it’s coaching Olympic hopefuls, or skiing with corporate executives, his purpose remains the same: to share what he loves.
On the snow, Wong is an absolute technician, not only in style and technique, but he understands gear science and design. He is considered one of the best ski testers of his time, and is a true living legend of the sport. For him, it’s always about his passion for skiing. The tools of his life are his skis and you can always find him spreading the joy of skiing through the tools of his trade. Source: U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
For more on Wayne Wong’s life story: From Powder Magazine | August 15, 2011 By John Clary Davies
‘Doubt They Had More Fun Than I Had’ | Reflections of an early freeskier, Part III, with Wayne Wong.
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Wayne Wong. Photo: Wayne Wong collection / Powder.
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Wayne Wong and Canada's 1975 Interski Demo Team | Vintage Ski Video
Classic footage of Canada's 1975 Interski Demo Team in training that includes rare footage of Wayne Wong demonstrating his hot-dog skills. Please subscribe to Vintage Ski Video.
Wayne Wong skiing tricks and the origins of freestyle skiing and hotdogging
Freestyle legend Wayne Wong visits Nashoba Valley Ski Area each year to visit with friends and give free carving clinics with Pam Fletcher. This year videographer Jon Damon followed Wayne around the slopes as he demonstrated some ski ballet tricks and smooth carving technique. Wayne Wong talked about the early days of freestyle skiing, and the origins of some of the famous ski tricks invented by a small group of hotdogging pioneers
Moguls Final, 1994 World Technical Skiing Championships | Vintage Ski Video
The inaugural World Technical Skiing Championships was held on Blackcomb Mountain in April of 1994. The final event was the moguls competition and one of the highlights was Wayne Wong's run. Other notable competitors in this segment include Marc Garcia, Felix McGrath, Mathias Berthold and Olympic Champion Steve Mahre. Hosts Lynn Warll and Steve Podborski bring us all the bump action
Old School Freestyle Skiing | Vintage Ski Video
Enjoy this 1973 Freestyle event held in Whistler.