Nancy Greene was raised in Rossland, B.C. She began skiing at age three, and skied with the Red Mountain Ski Club. Known as the “Tiger” of the slopes because of her daredevil attitude, Nancy was voted “Top BC Athlete of the Century” and was awarded the Order of Canada. Greene was also inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the US National Ski Hall of Fame.
Greene was a member of the National Ski Team (1959-68), winning 17 Canadian and three U.S. championship titles between 1961 and 1968. She was a member of the Canadian Olympic Team in 1960 (Squaw Valley, California) and 1964 (Innsbruck, Austria) and two World Championship teams–1962 (Chamonix, France) and 1966 (Champion, France and Portillo, Chile).
Greene won the inaugural World Cup in alpine skiing in 1967 and won gold in giant slalom and silver in slalom at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France (Anne Heggtveit had won Canada’s first Olympic gold medal in skiing in 1960).
Including her victory at the Olympics, Nancy won nine consecutive World Cup events in all three disciplines: the Arlberg Kandahar downhill and slalom, all three events at Aspen, Colorado and all three at Sun Valley, Idaho.
The second from last race that season was held on Red Mountain, in Nancy’s home town of Rossland before a huge crowd (even bigger than the Olympic crowd) with all the top international skiers competing in Canada for the first time, including triple Olympic winner Jean-Claude Killy. Both would win their second World Cups that year, then retire from competitive skiing. Nancy won a total of thirteen individual World Cup events in a two year period (1967-68). The next best Canadian record is five wins in ten years.
After retiring from competitive skiing, Nancy embarked on a busy promotional career, then married Al Raine, head coach and program director of the National Ski Team from 1968-73. Nancy and Al were instrumental in the early development of Whistler Resort until 1995 when they relocated to Sun Peaks Resort, where they again pioneered a new destination resort.
In 1999 Nancy was voted named Canada’s Female Athlete of the Century in a poll by Canadian Press and Broadcast News Association. Wayne Gretzky was chosen Male Athlete of the Century.