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Sharon Firth

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameSharon Anne•Firth
Used nameSharon•Firth
Born31 December 1953 in Inuvik, Northwest Territories (CAN)
Measurements164 cm / 52 kg
AffiliationsInuvik Ski Club, Inuvik (CAN)
NOC Canada

Biography

Sharon Firth was a member of the Gwich’in First Nation, and with her twin sister, Shirley, became one of the first aboriginals to represent Canada at the Olympic Games. Sharon, the younger twin by 10 minutes, was born in Aklavik, Northwest Territories, but her family moved to Inuvik when they were five, where they learned to ski with the Territorial Experimental Ski Training Program (TEST). Sharon Firth eventually competed in four Olympic Winter Games and three World Championships. She and her sister were the subjects of a CBC Documentary entitled The Olympians: The Firth Sisters. Sharon Firth has been awarded the John Semmelink Memorial Award from the Canadian Ski Association in 1972, the Commissioner’s Award from the Government of the Northwest Territories in1981, the Order of Canada in1987, was inducted into the Canadian Ski Museum and Skiing Hall of Fame in 1990, and she received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. When her competitive days ended, she settled in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, where she has served as a Youth Program Advisor for the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) CAN Sharon Firth
5 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 26
10 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 24
3 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women (Olympic) Canada 10
1976 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) CAN Sharon Firth
5 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 29
10 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 28
4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women (Olympic) Canada 7
1980 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) CAN Sharon Firth
5 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 35
1984 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) CAN Sharon Firth
5 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 29
10 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 29
20 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 21

Olympic family relations