Steve Podborski

Olympic medalist

Steve Podborski (born July 25, 1957) is a Canadian former alpine skier. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Podborski started skiing at age 2 and joined the Canadian alpine ski team in 1973. He was a member of the Crazy Canucks. In 1981-82 he became the first North American to win the Alpine skiing World Cup downhill Skiing Trophy and won the Bronze medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. In total, he won eight Alpine skiing World Cup downhill races, including twice the Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbühel. In 34 more races he finished in the top 10.

In 1982 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Today, he is in the organizing committee of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, responsible for international relations. He also works as a sports newscaster in Salt Lake City. He worked as a commentator for NBC during their 2006 coverage of the winter Olympics in Torino, covering multiple skiing events including aerials.