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The Most Famous

SKIERS from Canada

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This page contains a list of the greatest Canadian Skiers. The pantheon dataset contains 541 Skiers, 21 of which were born in Canada. This makes Canada the birth place of the 12th most number of Skiers behind Slovenia and United States.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Canadian Skiers of all time. This list of famous Canadian Skiers is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Canadian Skiers.

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1. Anne Heggtveit (1939 - )

With an HPI of 40.58, Anne Heggtveit is the most famous Canadian Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 18 different languages on wikipedia.

Anne Heggtveit, (born January 11, 1939) is a former alpine ski racer from Canada. She was an Olympic gold medallist and double world champion in 1960.

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2. Lucile Wheeler (1935 - )

With an HPI of 39.45, Lucile Wheeler is the 2nd most famous Canadian Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Lucile Wheeler, (born January 14, 1935) is a former alpine ski racer from Canada. She was a double world champion in 1958, the first North American to win a world title in the downhill event.

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3. Kathy Kreiner (1957 - )

With an HPI of 34.04, Kathy Kreiner is the 3rd most famous Canadian Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Katharine Kreiner-Phillips (born May 4, 1957) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist from Canada.

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4. Erik Guay (1981 - )

With an HPI of 33.24, Erik Guay is the 4th most famous Canadian Skier.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Erik Guay () (born August 5, 1981) is a Canadian former World Cup alpine ski racer. Racing out of Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Guay won the World Cup season title in super-G in 2010 and was the world champion in downhill in 2011, as well as in the super-G in 2017. With 25 World Cup podiums, he is the career leader for Canada.

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5. Mikaël Kingsbury (1992 - )

With an HPI of 32.26, Mikaël Kingsbury is the 5th most famous Canadian Skier.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Mikaël Kingsbury (born July 24, 1992) is a freestyle skier from Quebec. He is the most accomplished mogul skier of all time. He achieved eminence early in his career after earning the 2009–10 FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year award. He is a ten-time FIS Freestyle World Cup title-holder for overall moguls and nine-time title-holder for overall freestyle, owning the records for most men's Moguls World Cup titles and Overall Freestyle World Cup titles. He also owns the records for career World Cup moguls victories with 78, and consecutive Freestyle World Cup event wins with 13. He is the first man to have won both the moguls and dual moguls World Championship events (sweeping the two events three times), and has won the most medals at the Freestyle World Championships of any male competitor in history, having won a medal in 13 of the 14 events he has competed in. Kingsbury won the Olympic silver medal in 2014 and 2022, and, at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, he won the gold medal in men's moguls.

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6. Alex Harvey (1988 - )

With an HPI of 31.80, Alex Harvey is the 6th most famous Canadian Skier.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Alex Harvey (French pronunciation: ​[alɛks aʁˈve]; born 7 September 1988) is a retired Canadian cross-country skier who competed between 2005 and 2019. Harvey is also a member of the Quebec Provincial Cycling Team.

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7. Justine Dufour-Lapointe (1994 - )

With an HPI of 29.29, Justine Dufour-Lapointe is the 7th most famous Canadian Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 28 different languages.

Justine Dufour-Lapointe (born March 25, 1994) is a Canadian freestyle skier. She was the Olympic champion in the moguls event at the 2014 Winter Olympics and won a silver medal in moguls at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The gold and silver she and her sister Chloe Dufour-Lapointe won in 2014 was the first time that Canadian sisters stood together on the podium, and the fourth time ever by all nations. In winning the Olympics, she became the youngest freestyle skiing Olympic champion ever at nineteen years of age. Dufour-Lapointe was the FIS World Cup rookie of the year for the 2010–11 season. Dufour-Lapointe was the world champion in moguls at the 2015 World Championships has also won a silver and two other bronze medals in the moguls event at the Freestyle World Ski Championships.

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8. Jennifer Heil (1983 - )

With an HPI of 28.15, Jennifer Heil is the 8th most famous Canadian Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Jennifer Heil (born April 11, 1983) is a Canadian freestyle skier from Spruce Grove, Alberta. Heil started skiing at age two. Jennifer Heil won the first gold medal for Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympics games in Turin, Italy and a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, which was also Canada's first medal in those games. Heil is the reigning world champion in dual moguls. She has three world championship titles in total and two silver medals from the Worlds as well. Over her career, Heil has won a record-tying five overall FIS World Cup Crystal Globe titles for freestyle skiing. Heil is involved with several charitable organisations including Because I am a Girl and Right to Play. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Heil donated $25,000 to Because I am a Girl. Heil also speaks to students across Canada along a theme of Dare to Dream, and hosts an annual "girls only" mogul skiing camp. B2ten, created with the help of Heil, is a privately run business model organisation with the intent of raising funds to support amateur Canadian athletes.

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9. John Kucera (1984 - )

With an HPI of 28.09, John Kucera is the 9th most famous Canadian Skier.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

John Kucera (born September 17, 1984) is a retired World Cup alpine ski racer from Canada. Born in Calgary, Alberta, he raced in all five alpine disciplines, focusing on the speed events of downhill and super-G. Kucera is a former world champion in the downhill. His parents immigrated to Canada from Czechoslovakia in 1980. Kucera made his World Cup debut at age 20 in November 2004, on home snow in Lake Louise, Alberta. Two years later, Lake Louise was the site of his first World Cup victory, a super-G race in November 2006. Three weeks later he made another World Cup podium with a third-place finish in the super-G at Val Gardena, Italy. His next podium came two years later, a second place in the super-G at Lake Louise. He won the gold medal in the downhill at the 2009 World Championships at Val-d'Isère, France, to become the first Canadian man to win the event at the World Championships.On November 28, 2009, Kucera finished sixth in the first downhill of the 2010 season at Lake Louise, but fractured his left leg in the super-G the following day. A compound fracture through his left calf, causing him to miss the rest of the 2010 World Cup season and the 2010 Winter Olympics at Whistler.Kucera returned to the snow a year later in late 2010. As part of his recovery, he was a forerunner for a number of races in North America and Europe. He retired from competition at the end of the 2013-14 World Cup season. As the son of Czech immigrants, Kucera is fluent in Czech. His surname is pronounced kuw-cze-rah.

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10. Alexandre Bilodeau (1987 - )

With an HPI of 27.98, Alexandre Bilodeau is the 10th most famous Canadian Skier.  His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Alexandre Bilodeau (French pronunciation: ​[bilɔdo]; born September 8, 1987) is a Canadian retired freestyle skier from Rosemere, Quebec, Bilodeau currently resides in Montreal, Quebec. Bilodeau won a gold medal in the men's moguls at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, becoming the first Canadian to win a gold medal at an Olympic Games held in Canada. At the 2014 Winter Olympics, he became the first Olympian in history to defend his gold medal in any freestyle skiing event as well as the first Canadian to defend an individual title since Catriona Le May Doan at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Bilodeau is a three-time FIS World Champion in dual moguls, and is also a two-time Worlds silver medallist in moguls. He was the FIS World Cup champion for the 2008–09 season winning the moguls and overall freestyle skiing title that season. In his final World Cup race, he retired with a win, and in doing so, surpassed Jean-Luc Brassard for the most World Cup medals by a Canadian.

Pantheon has 21 people classified as skiers born between 1935 and 1994. Of these 21, 21 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living skiers include Anne Heggtveit, Lucile Wheeler, and Kathy Kreiner. As of April 2022, 7 new skiers have been added to Pantheon including Lucile Wheeler, Kathy Kreiner, and Devon Kershaw.

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