Roseanne Allen

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Roseanne Allen (7 March 1954 – 20 June 2009) was a Canadian cross-country skier who competed in the 1972 Winter Olympics.[1]

Allen was born in Aklavik, Northwest Territories as a member of the Gwich’in First Nation. At age eight, Allen went to Grollier Hall residential school in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. There, she learned how to ski at age 10.[2] In 1968, at age 13, she became the youngest Canadian ever to win a Gold medal at the Canadian Junior Nordic Ski Championships, winning the 5 km race with a time of 25 minutes and 33 seconds.[3] In 1972, at the Sapporo Olympics, Roseanne Allen and her teammates Sharon and Shirley Firth became the first Aboriginal women to represent Canada in any Olympic event. She placed 40th in the women’s 5 km race and 10th in the women’s 3x5 km relay there. After a short career as a competitive cross country skier, she retired from the national team in 1974 at the age of 20.[1] In 1988, she moved to Sault Ste. Marie[clarification needed], Ontario, where she worked as part of the N’Mninoeyag[further explanation needed] health team at the Indian Friendship Centre.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Olympics". Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Robinson, Laura (August 15, 2009). "National ski champ at 13". North Bay Nugget. 
  3. ^ Cross Country Canada (March 20, 2017). "Canadian Junior Championships 1968" (PDF).