Rod Hebron

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRoderick Joel "Rod"•Hebron
Used nameRod•Hebron
Nick/petnamesYoel, Yogi
Born7 July 1942 in Vernon, British Columbia (CAN)
Died16 April 2023
Measurements178 cm / 79 kg
NOC Canada


Rod Hebron was a Canadian Alpine skier who competed at the 1964 and 1968 Winter Olympics. He was on the Canadian national ski team from 1960-70 and competed at the World Championships in 1962, 1966, and 1970. He retired after breaking his leg at the 1970 Worlds downhill in Val Gardena, Italy. Hebron was an eight-time Canadian Champion, winning the slalom in 1962-63, 1965, and 1968; the giant slalom in 1963, 1965, and 1967; and the combined in 1968. He also won United States’ national titles in the combined in 1961 and the slalom in 1961 and 1965.

In the early years of the World Cup, which only coincided with the last years of his career, Hebron posted three top 10 finishes. Hebron won numerous other local races, including the Quebec Kandahar three times, the Adams Memorial Mount Orford, the Peter Campbell in Blue Mountain, Ontario; the Parsenn Derby in Davos, Switzerland; the Heather Cup (three times), the Golden Rose Ski Race (four times) in Mt. Hood, Oregon; the Sugar Bowl Silver Belt in 1965; and the 1965 Dick Springer Memorial at Mammoth Mountain, California.

After his competitive amateur career ended, Hebron skied World Pro Skiing from 1971-73. He later opened his own ski shop, the Virgin Islands Ski Rental in Silverthorne, Colorado, in 1976. He owned and managed that shop until 2015 when he sold to another owner.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) CAN Rod Hebron
Downhill, Men (Olympic) 30
Giant Slalom, Men (Olympic) DNF
Slalom, Men (Olympic) AC r2/2
1968 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) CAN Rod Hebron
Downhill, Men (Olympic) DNF
Giant Slalom, Men (Olympic) DNF
Slalom, Men (Olympic) AC r3/3