Nancy Greene

Nancy Greene, OC, OBC ( born May 11, 1943 in Ottawa ) is a former Canadian alpine skier. It belonged to the late 1960s the world's most successful athletes. After her retirement she worked as a trainer and was involved in the construction of a winter sports resort. Since 2008 she is a member of the Canadian Senate.


At the 1968 Olympic Games in Grenoble, she was Olympic champion in Giant Slalom. The " Tigress ", as it was due to their aggressive driving style then known, won it by a margin of 2.64 seconds for the Frenchwoman Annie Famose; this is the largest projection ever achieved for an Olympic or World Championship race. In the slalom, she won the silver medal behind Marielle Goitschel. In addition to the Olympic medals she won in Grenoble also the title of World Champion in the combination. In the same year she was honored by the International Association of Ski Journalists with the Skieur d'Or.

Greene was in 1967 the first Overall World Cup winner ever and won plus the giant slalom World Cup. Both successes they could repeat the following year. In total, she won 14 World Cup races (3 runs and 8 giant slalom and slalom 3 ), including three victories in the SDS- race in Grindelwald and two victories in the Staufen Cup in Oberstaufen. Before the introduction of the World Cup they had won, among other things the 1966 slalom silver jug race in Bad Gastein. In addition, it was six times Canadian National Champion and won three times at the championships of the United States.

After her retirement she was until 1973 coach of the Canadian National Ski Team. Together with her husband, the mother of twins was instrumental in the construction of the winter sports resort Whistler -Blackcomb near Vancouver. Greene has been promoting for many years the young athletes; the Nancy Greene Ski League is a major racing series for young Canadian junior drivers.

Nancy Greene was awarded for her contribution to the Order of Canada, the highest honor of their land for civilians. In the Monashee Mountains of Nancy Green Provincial Park and the Nancy Greene Lake are named after her. She was elected to the Canadian athlete of the century in 1999.

Since 2005, Greene Chancellor of Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops is. In December 2008, she appointed Prime Minister Stephen Harper senator; in Parliament in Ottawa they heard of the Conservative Group at the party.

At the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics from Vancouver Greene belonged together with Wayne Gretzky, Catriona LeMay Doan and Steve Nash to the cage rotors of the Olympic torch relay and lit the Olympic cauldron at BC Place Stadium, together with Gretzky and Nash.


Olympic games

  • Grenoble 1968: 1st Giant Slalom, Slalom 2nd, 10th departure

World Championships

  • Chamonix 1962: 5th exit
  • Portillo 1966: 4 Giant Slalom, Slalom 7
  • Grenoble 1968: 1st Giant Slalom, 1st combination, 2 slalom, downhill 10

World Cup

World Cup wins

* 1968 included the results of the Olympic race for the World Cup

Canadian Championships

Greene won 18 times a Canadian championship, as often as any other athlete.

  • Departure: 1963, 1965, 1966
  • Giant Slalom: 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968
  • Slalom: 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968
  • Combination: 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968



  • Nancy Greene, Jack Batten: Nancy Greene: An Autobiography. Pagurian Press, Toronto 1968, LCCN 78-393661.
  • Nancy Greene, Al Raine: Alpine skiing. Prentice- Hall of Canada, Scarborough, 1975, ISBN 0-13-022798-6.