Crazy Canucks

The Crazy Canucks ( dt: crazy Canadians ) were a group of Canadian ski racer, who dominated the downhill race at the Alpine Skiing World Cup from the mid- 1970s.

The Crazy Canucks were Jim Hunter, Dave Irwin, Ken Read, Dave Murray and Steve Podborski. They broke off in 1971, which is dominated by Europeans, World Cup scene and quickly earned a reputation as a fast and reckless racing style. A large part of this success was the head coach Scott Henderson.

Despite repeated spectacular falls, members of the Crazy Canucks were often at the top of the podiums. Ken Read was the first North American ever to have won a World Cup downhill, in December 1975. Overall, the quintet 1975-1984 14 wins recorded in world-class runs, plus 10 second places and 16 third places.