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|— Alpine ski racer —|
|Club||Toronto Ski Club|
November 24, 1959 |
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
|World Cup debut||December 13, 1981
World Cup Career
Brooker learned to ski and race at Blue Mountain in Ontario and made the Canadian national team in 1977; he competed on the World Cup circuit from December 1981 to January 1987. A younger member of the Crazy Canucks (Canada's downhill team) of the early 1980s Brooker won two World Cup downhill races at (Kitzbühel & Aspen) in 1983 finishing ninth in the season's overall downhill standings. Two years later he won the downhill race in Furano, Japan finishing seventh in the 1985 downhill standings.
The Hahnenkamn is arguably the most physically and mentally demanding race on the downhill skiing world cup circuit. This course is one of the most respected and feared courses by all FIS skiers. A victory is a badge of honor, if not a bragging right to even the most seasoned and decorated racer. From 1980 to 1983 Canadians Read, Podborski and Brooker broke the European dominance of victory at Hahnenkamm, Kitzbühel.
After returning from a knee injury Brooker's ski racing career ended at at the top of the Zielschuss with the most gut wrenching spectacular ragdoll head-over-heels cartwheeling fall ever captured on film, at Kitzbühel, Austria.
When asked about the video Brooker remarked that everyone remembered his 1987 Kitzbühel fall, except for him.
Brooker finished his World Cup career with three victories, seven podiums, and 15 top ten finishes, all in downhill.
World Cup podiums
|1982||March 6, 1982||Aspen, CO, USA||Downhill||2nd|
|1983||January 22, 1983||Kitzbühel, Austria||Downhill||1st|
|March 6, 1983||Aspen, CO, USA||Downhill||1st|
|1984||December 9, 1983||Val d'Isère, France||Downhill||2nd|
|December 18, 1983||Val Gardena, Italy||Downhill||2nd|
|1985||January 12, 1985||Kitzbühel, Austria||Downhill||3rd|
|March 2, 1985||Furano, Japan||Downhill||1st|
Brooker has been a ski commentator on television for a number of years, and has worked for most of the major networks in North America. He has covered alpine skiing for numerous Winter Olympics for U.S. television, and currently provides commentary and analysis on CBC in Canada during the World Cup ski season. Brooker covered alpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics for NBC in the United States.
Crabbe Mountain Speed Camp
Brooker also made an appearance at the 2011 Crabbe Mountain Speed Camp, a camp where kids from across Atlantic Canada go to learn the discipline known as Super G.