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She Beat the Best

"Nancy Green-Raine"

It would have been somewhat of a miracle if Nancy Greene had not been a skier. Her mother had been a ski racer and her father helped build one of the country's first chairlifts, near the family home in Rossland, B.C.

She got her first break in 1958 placing second in the Canadian Junior Championships, her first serious competition. Two years later, she raced in her first Olympics where she was inspired by Anne Heggtveit's gold medal victory for Canada. In 1967, Nancy's years of hard work paid off when she won the first World Cup in a dramatic final race. The next year she won a gold medal in Giant Slalom and a silver medal in Slalom in the Grenoble Olympics. She completed the year with a string of victories to win a second World Cup and was named Canadian Athlete of the Year.

Nancy retired from ski racing, and married National Team coach Al Raine the following year. They moved to Whistler and later built the Nancy Greene Lodge. In 1989 they sold the Lodge to concentrate on their personal commitment to developing a new crop of outstanding skiers. In 1991 Nancy and Al were honoured as Whistler's Citizens of the Year in recognition of their work in building and promoting Canada's finest ski resort.

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