Anne Heggtveit

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Anne won Canada's first Olympic skiing gold medal.

She won the slalom event at the 1960 event in Squaw Valley, California.

Her victory in the Olympic slalom event also made her the first non-European to win the International Ski Federation slalom and overall world championship. She was the first North American to win the Arlberg-Kandahar Trophy, the most prestigious and classic event in alpine skiing.

In her native Canada, her performance on the world stage was recognized when she was made a member of the Order of Canada, her country's highest civilian honor. In addition, she was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's outstanding athlete of 1960.Heggtveit was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1960. She was voted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1971 and in 1982 was among the first group inducted into the new Canadian Ski Hall of Fame.

Anne was born in Ottawa, January 11th, 1939. Her father, Halvor Heggtveit, a Canadian cross-country champion, encouraged her at a young age. In 1954, at the age of 15, she first gained international attention when she became the youngest winner ever of the Holmenkollen Giant Slalom event in Norway. She also won a first in slalom and giant slalom in the U. S. national junior championships. Although she suffered from several injuries between 1955 and 1957, she still earned a spot on Canada's team at age 17 at the '56 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

Heggtveit has a ski run named after her at the Camp Fortune Ski Resort just outside of Ottawa.

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