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Kerrin Lee-Gartner

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameKerrin Anne•Lee-Gartner
Used nameKerrin•Lee-Gartner
Born21 September 1966 in Trail, British Columbia (CAN)
Measurements171 cm / 63 kg
AffiliationsRed Mountain Racers, Rossland (CAN)
NOC(s) Canada

Biography

A member of the Canadian Women’s Ski Team from 1982 through 1994, Kerrin Lee-Gartner is perhaps best known as the first Canadian woman to win the Olympic alpine downhill event, which she accomplished in 1992 and, as of 2009, the only Canadian to win gold in that competition. Up until the race was complete, however, few would have expected her to have claimed the victory. In 1985 she suffered a severe accident that left in her need of many knee surgeries, including two complete reconstructions. At the 1988 Winter Olympics she placed 15th in the downhill event and another accident in 1989 stopped her from competing or training for six months. On the day of the downhill event, her odds at victory were 20-1 in Las Vegas. After her gold medal in 1992, however, she became an instant and popular celebrity and was soon made a member of the Order of British Columbia, which cited her inspiration and triumph over adversity. Unable to match her success at the 1994 Winter Olympics, Lee-Gartner retired and has since been involved in ski-related charitable organizations, such as the Nancy Greene Ski League and the Kerrin Lee-Gartner Challenge. She has also worked as a television broadcaster with CBC.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1988 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) Downhill, Women Olympic 15 Representing Canada     as Kerrin Lee
  Super G, Women Olympic 23
  Giant Slalom, Women Olympic 17
  Slalom, Women Olympic AC
  Combined, Women Olympic 8
1992 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) Downhill, Women Olympic 1 Gold Representing Canada    
  Super G, Women Olympic 6
  Combined, Women Olympic AC
1994 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) Downhill, Women Olympic 19 Representing Canada    
  Super G, Women Olympic 8