KAREN PERCY

Hometown hero, Karen Percy, having had surgery on her thumb only weeks before, made her Olympic debut at the Calgary Olympics in 1988. On Nakiska Mountain, Percy won Canada’s first medal on day seven of the Games becoming a national hero. Three days later, the Banff native finished third in the super-G for her second medal. Percy had become Canada’s first double medalist in skiing since Nancy Greene at Grenoble 1968. She came dangerously close to winning a third bronze medal finishing just off the podium in fourth in the combined. Refusing to specialize, Percy competed in all alpine disciplines. Percy was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1995. She was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1988 and received an Olympic Champion Award at The Tribute to the Champions in 1989. In 2005, she was inducted into the Banff Sports Hall of Fame.