Roseanne Allen

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRoseanne•Allen
Used nameRoseanne•Allen
Born7 March 1954 in Aklavik, Northwest Territories (CAN)
Died20 June 2009 in Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario (CAN)
Measurements170 cm / 77 kg
AffiliationsInuvik Ski Club, Inuvik (CAN)
NOC Canada


Roseanne Allen was one of the first aboriginal Canadian women to compete at the Winter Olympics. She was a member of the Gwich’in First Nation, and in 1968, when only 13-years-old, became the youngest Canadian ever to win a gold medal in the Canadian Junior Nordic Ski Championships, winning the 5 km. She competed at the 1972 Winter Olympics alongside fellow aboriginal skiers Shirley and Sharon Firth. Allen retired from competitive racing in 1974.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) CAN Roseanne Allen
5 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 40
3 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women (Olympic) Canada 10

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