JAN HUDEC

One of the founding members of the Canadian Cowboys, Jan Hudec persevered through multiple major knee surgeries to become one of Canada’s most revered alpine ski racers. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, after coming back from a herniated disc in his lower back, he ended a 20-year Olympic medal drought for the Canadian alpine skiing team when he tied for the bronze medal in the super-G. The moment was even sweeter as Hudec’s parents Jan and Vladi had fled what was then Czechoslovakia in a boat his father built in their bedroom to pursue a better life. After the second training run, Hudec placed a lucky loonie in the finish line and did it ever bring him good luck.