Kerrin Lee-Gartner

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Kerrin Lee-Gartner
— Alpine skier —
Disciplines Downhill, Super G,
Giant slalom, Combined
Club Red Mountain Racers
Born (1966-09-21) September 21, 1966 (age 48)
Trail, British Columbia, Canada
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
World Cup debut March 10, 1985 (age 18)
(first top 15 finish)
Retired March 1994 (age 27)
Olympics
Teams 3 – (1988, 1992, 1994)
Medals 1 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams 3 – (1989, 1991, 1993)
Medals 0
World Cup
Seasons 9 – (1985, 198794)
Wins 0
Podiums 6 – (4 DH, 2 SG)
Overall titles 0 – (9th in 1993)
Discipline titles 0 – (3rd in DH, 1993)

Kerrin Anne Lee-Gartner (born September 21, 1966) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist from Canada.

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.[1] Through 2014, it remains the only victory in an Olympic downhill by a Canadian.[2] 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.[3][4] 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.

Lee-Gartner is currently a television broadcaster with CBC Sports in Canada. She also assisted the BBC with coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[5]

World Cup results[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
 Slalom 
Super G Downhill Combined
1985 18 82 43
1986 19
1987 20 77 32
1988 21 48 26 10 16
1989 22 51 24 22
1990 23 49 14
1991 24 16 16 9
1992 25 14 29 7 4
1993 26 9 26 7 3 19
1994 27 34 34 11 28

Race podiums[edit]

  • 6 podiums – (4 DH, 2 SG)
Season Date Location Discipline Place
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[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 Slalom 
Super G Downhill Combined
1989 22 DNF 20 7 9
1991 24 24 16 7 DNF SL
1993 26 23 4 9 17

Olympic results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 Slalom 
Super G Downhill Combined
1988 21 17 23 15 8
1992 25 6 1 DQ SL1
1994 27 8 19

Video[edit]

  • CBC interview – following her Olympic gold medal run, February 1992

References[edit]

  1. ^ "North Americans conquer downhill". Reading (PA) Eagle. wire services. February 1992. 
  2. ^ Carpenter, Dave (February 1992). "Canada, U.S. win medals in downhill". Free-Lance Star (Fredericksburg, VA). Associated Press. p. C1. 
  3. ^ "1992 ski winner may skip Games". Wilmington (NC) Star-News. wire services. February 2, 1994. p. 3C. 
  4. ^ "Canadian to defend downhill title". Eugene Register-Guard. February 19, 1994. p. 6C. 
  5. ^ Sekeres, Matthew (June 8, 2009). "Where are they now? Kerrin Lee-Gartner". Globe and Mail. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 

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