Steve Podborski made his first World Cup appearance at the age of 17. One of the “Crazy Canucks”, the group of Canadian heroes known for their aggressive and reckless skiing style, he was the only member of the famous group to win an Olympic medal, taking bronze in the downhill at Lake Placid 1980 to become the first North American man to win an Olympic downhill medal. The medal also constituted the World Championship bronze medal for 1980.