James Hunter

Year Inducted: 1978

Born: May 30, 1953 Shaunavon, CAN

In the 1971-’72 season, he surprised the world with a ninth place in the World Cup Downhill at Adelboden, Switzerland. In 1972 at the Olympic Games in Sapporo, Japan his combined results led to his earning a FIS bronze medal to become the first Canadian male skier to win a World Championship medal. That same year he won both the Canadian and U.S. National GS titles. In 1975-’76 he placed in the top ten in World Cup downhill events four times, and was tenth in the Olympic downhill at Innsbruck. In February 1977, at the Shell Cup, he took his seventh consecutive GS title, and also for the third time became Canada’s best overall male skier.

Jim Hunter is regarded as the first of the famous "Crazy Canucks" skier group that drew so much international attention and acclaim as well as success throughout the 1970's. He went on to a successful career on the professional ski racing circuit. Among many initiatives during his post competitive career was his leadership of the Olympic Torch Relay across Canada for the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary.


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