In 1960 a young Anne Heggtveit captured a nation’s heart by becoming the first Canadian ever to win an Olympic gold medal in skiing.
At the iconic Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley, this winsome teen from Ottawa, ON, bashed through slalom gates to score the largest winning margin ever recorded in women’s Olympic or World Slalom competition: 3.3 seconds. Heggtveit handily beat US favourite Betsy Snite (Silver Medalist), and finished a full 7 seconds ahead of Barbi Henneberger, the European dynamo who was forced to settle for the bronze medal. As they say, for Anne Heggtveit, it was one for the ages.
The following vignettes are part of an article entitled, “Golden-Girl Anne Heggtveit,” authored by ski writer Lori Knowles, as part of the Canadian Ski History Writers Project, funded by the Chawkers Foundation of Canada through a grant to the Canadian Ski Museum. To read the original story please see HERE.