|— Alpine skier —|
|Disciplines||Downhill, Super G,
Giant slalom, Combined
|Club||Red Mountain Racers|
September 21, 1966 |
Trail, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|World Cup debut||March 10, 1985 (age 18)
(first top 15 finish)
|Retired||March 1994 (age 27)|
|Teams||3 – (1988, 1992, 1994)|
|Medals||1 (1 gold)|
|Teams||3 – (1989, 1991, 1993)|
|Seasons||9 – (1985, 1987–94)|
|Podiums||6 – (4 DH, 2 SG)|
|Overall titles||0 – (9th in 1993)|
|Discipline titles||0 – (3rd in DH, 1993)|
Born in Trail, British Columbia, she grew up in Rossland and raced as a youngster at Red Mountain. Lee-Gartner started skiing for the Canadian Women's Ski Team in 1982, but suffered a number of knee operations over the years including two complete reconstructions. She attained her first World Cup podium early in December 1990, then had five more top-six finishes early in the 1992 season entering the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.
On the challenging Roc de Fer course at Méribel, Lee-Gartner won the gold medal in the Olympic downhill. Only 0.06 seconds behind was silver medalist Hilary Lindh of the U.S., for a North American 1–2 finish. Through 2014, it remains the only victory in an Olympic downhill by a Canadian. She finished sixth in the Olympic super-G and had two more podiums after the Olympics, both in North America, to finish up the 1992 season.
Lee-Gartner's next season in 1993 was her best on the World Cup circuit, with two podiums and twelve top tens. She finished third in the downhill standings and ninth overall. At the World Championships in Japan, she was fourth in the super-G and ninth in the downhill.
Leading up to the 1994 Winter Olympics, Lee-Gartner was admittedly affected by the death of her friend Ulrike Maier after a crash in a downhill race in late January. At the Olympics in Norway, she finished eighth in the super-G and 19th in the downhill, and retired from international competition a month later, at the end of the 1994 World Cup season.
World Cup results
|1991||Dec 28, 1990||Altenmarkt, Austria||Downhill||3rd|
|1992||Mar 7, 1992||Vail, CO, USA||Downhill||2nd|
|Mar 15, 1992||Panorama, British Columbia, Canada||Super-G||2nd|
|1993||Dec 12, 1992||Vail, CO, USA||Downhill||3rd|
|Feb 26, 1993||Veysonnaz, Switzerland||Downhill||2nd|
|1994||Jan 15, 1994||Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy||Super-G||3rd|
World Championship results
- CBC interview – following her Olympic gold medal run, February 1992
- "North Americans conquer downhill". Reading (PA) Eagle. wire services. February 1992.
- Carpenter, Dave (February 1992). "Canada, U.S. win medals in downhill". Free-Lance Star (Fredericksburg, VA). Associated Press. p. C1.
- "1992 ski winner may skip Games". Wilmington (NC) Star-News. wire services. February 2, 1994. p. 3C.
- "Canadian to defend downhill title". Eugene Register-Guard. February 19, 1994. p. 6C.
- Sekeres, Matthew (June 8, 2009). "Where are they now? Kerrin Lee-Gartner". Globe and Mail. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
- Kerrin Lee-Gartner at the International Ski Federation
- FIS-ski.com – World Cup standings – Kerrin Lee-Gartner
- Ski-db.com – results – Kerrin Lee-Gartner
- Sports Reference – Olympic results – Kerrin Lee-Gartner
- Canadian Olympic Team – Kerrin Lee-Gartner
- BC Sports Hall of Fame – Kerrin Lee-Gartner
- CBC Media Centre – Kerrin Lee-Gartner
- Kerrin Lee-Gartner on Twitter
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