JOHN KUCERA

On a cold day in November, Calgary native John Kucera won the super-G in Lake Louise. Kucera started first in the Bombardier Lake Louise Winterstart super-G then sat back and watched the top-30 skiers in the world try to better his time. None did. The win was the first in super-G for a Canadian man in 18 years. No Canadian had ever won a World Cup on the Lake Louise track.

Lake Louise – Lake Louise has been a home to skiing since the 1920s, as the gateway to the Skoki Ski Lodge. By the winter of 1952 the first 150 metre-long rope tow lift was installed behind Temple and replaced with a Poma lift two seasons later. The first lift was constructed in 1954, years later the lots and lodges were amalgamated as the Lake Louise Ski Resort in 1971. The first World Cup alpine event was held at Lake Louise in 1980 and racing has taken place annually at the Alberta mountain since 1994.