(born November 6, 1955) is a retired Canadian Olympic alpine ski racer
, Corporate Director, sport advocate and international sports leader.
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
, Read was raised in Vancouver, Kingston and Calgary
and began skiing at age 3 and competing at age 8. He is an alumnus of the Ottawa Ski Club and Lake Louise Ski Club. The Read family currently are members of the Banff Alpine Racers, located at Banff Mount Norquay, Alberta.
Ken Read was a member of the Canadian Ski Team, known colloquially as the "Crazy Canucks
", from 1974 to 1983, and competed in two Winter Olympics. He won five Canadian Championships. He won at Val-d'Isère
, France in December 1975, becoming the first Canadian and North American male to win an World Cup downhill
event. He won two World Cup downhill races in both 1978 and 1980. His 1980 point total placed him second in downhill in the World Cup competition. Read was the first non-European to win both the famed Austrian downhill, the Hahnenkamm
, and the equally storied Swiss
race, the Lauberhorn
. These two victories complimented his 1978 win at Chamonix, France in the historic Arlberg-Kandahar, ski racing's oldest classic event.
Ken Read was named Canada's Athlete of the Year in 1978 (Lou Marsh Award
) and Canadian Male Amateur Athlete of the Year in 1980.
Following his retirement from competition in 1983, Read became a broadcaster with CBC TV Sports, columnist with Skiing Magazine, Ski... Read More