Ann Heggtveit Hamilton
Year Inducted: 1976
Born: January 11, 1939 Ottawa, CAN
Ann Heggtveit Hamilton can claim honors as Canada's first Olympic champion in alpine skiing. She was the winner of the slalom event at the Olympic Winter Games in 1960.
At the age of seven she competed in her first ski race, a senior ladies event and was competing internationally by the time she was fifteen. A member of Canada's OIympic ski team in 1956 she returned home to dominate the North American ski scene through 1957. In 1959 she won the White Ribbon tournament in St. Moritz and the Arlberg Kanadar another first by a North American.
In 1960, as well as her Olympic victory she won the U.S. titles in giant slalom and slalom and swept the Roch Cup. She was also awarded the FIS Gold Medal in slalom and alpine combined making her the world's top ranked woman skier that year. She was the first non-European skier to win the Alpine combined gold.