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Cold Gold: 1992 Albertville, Kerrin Lee-Gartner and Max Gartner Digital Archives - February 15, 1992

Kerrin Lee-Gartner and her husband Max discuss her golden race.

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1754572272

Max Gartner

Former CEO of Alpine Canada

Coach of the year

High Performance Coach

Canadian Ski Hall of Fame

Kerrin Lee-Gartner

Olympic Champion

CBC Broadcaster

Champion of Charities

Canadian Sports Hall of Fame

Max Gartner

Coaching biography:   Coach :: Alpine :: Downhill :: Slalom :: Giant Slalom
1981-1982 Ski Coach, Dutch National Team
1982-1983 Assistant Coach, Canadian Women's Alpine Ski Team
1983-1986 Head Coach, Canadian Alpine Ski Team, women's technical events
1986-1991 Technical Director & Head Coach, Alberta Alpine Ski Team
1991-1992 Head Coach Western Regional Ski Team
1992-1994 Personal Coach to Kerrin Lee (Kerrin Lee-Gartner), Olympic Gold Medallist
1994-1995 Technical Director, Alberta Alpine


  • 1995-1998 Independent Sport Consultant
  • 1998-2000 Team Manager, Canadian Men's Alpine Team
  • 2003-2004 Vice-President, Canadian Development Programs, Alpine Canada Alpine
  • 2004-2006 Chief Athletic Officer, Alpine Canada Alpine
  • 2006 Director, Own the Podium project, Alpine Canada Alpine
  • 2007-2013 President & CEO of Alpine Canada
  • Named Canada’s representative on the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup sub-committee.

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Former CEO of Alpine Canada Coach of the Year High Performance Coach - Leadership Coach - Canadian Ski Hall of Fame.


Max Gartner, a native of Linz, Austria, is a former professional soccer player who spent five years at the famed Stams Ski Academy in Austria. After joining Alpine Canada as an assistant coach in 1982 he went on to excel in a variety of coaching and management positions over the next three decades.

An outstanding coach and team leader, Gartner spent many years working with both the men's and women's alpine teams. He coached many of Canada’s biggest stars, including Thomas Grandi, Cary Mullen and Ed Podivinsky and in 1991 the Canadian Ski Coaches' Federation named him Coach of the Year.

Gartner took on the role of Chief Athletic Officer in 2003 and oversaw Alpine Canada's ski racing programs before he succeeded Gary Allan as president in 2010. During his time as president and CEO of the national governing body

Gartner emphasized the importance of safety in ski racing and in 2011 he hosted the first annual Ski Racing Safety Summit in Calgary. A year later, a second summit was held with a special emphasis on safety in the sport of ski cross. A number of the recommendations announced at the summit were later accepted and adopted by the International Ski Federation.

Kerrin Lee-Gartner

Three-time Olympian and Olympic Downhill Champion.
As a member of the national ski team, Lee-Gartner proudly represented Canada at three Olympics and four Alpine Ski World Championships. Over the course of her career she won three Canadian downhill championships and earned 49 top-10 finishes at the Alpine Ski World Cup, World Championship and Olympic levels. Lee-Gartner is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, the Olympic Hall of Fame and both the B.C. and Alberta Halls of Fame. In 1992 she received the Velma Springstead Award for Canada's Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year and was awarded the Order of British Columbia. She is also a recipient of the Canadian Meritorious Service Medal and was named Alberta's Female Athlete of the Century.

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Olympic Champion - CBC Broadcaster - Champion of Charities - Canadian Sports Hall of Fame


Kerrin Lee-Gartner became the first Canadian to win an Olympic Downhill on February 15, 1992 at the Albertville Olympics. It remains the only Olympic gold in downhill for any Canadian skier in Olympic history. She overcame tremendous adversity and defied injuries which could have ended her career. 

Kerrin joined the Red Mountain Racers at age 6 where she raced until she made the National Team. At 15, the provincial ski team said Kerrin didn’t have what it took to make it as a racer, and she was told to give up the sport. Less than a year later, at 16, Kerrin raced her first World Cup Downhill and was named to Canada's National Team. 

 

During her ten year International career, Lee-Gartner proudly represented Canada at three Olympic Games and four World Championships. Over the course of her career she won three Canadian downhill championships and earn 49 top ten finishes at the World Cup, World Championship and Olympic level. 

 

Lee-Gartner retired from racing at the end of the 1994 season and is now raising her daughters Riana and Stephanie with husband Max. Kerrin considers herself a full time mom with several part time jobs - ski analyst for CBC sports, speaking engagements, charity work and volunteering both on and off the ski hill with young racers and students. Golf keeps Kerrin’s competitive spirit alive and she recently broke the 70 barrier and became a scratch golfer.

 

Kerrin is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame (1993), the Olympic Hall of Fame, and both the B.C. and Alberta Halls of Fame. She received the Velma Springstead Award in 1992 for Canada’s Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year and her sportsmanship and leadership was honoured when she was awarded the John Semmelink Memorial Award. Kerrin was also awarded the Order of British Columbia (1992) and decorated with The Canadian Meritorious Service Medal. More recently she was named Alberta’s Female Athlete of the Century.

Testimonials

ARBI  - “We were honoured to have Max and Kerrin as emcees of “The Ride of a Lifetime – Kevin Pearce on Brain Injury and the Olympic Spirit” event in April 2014. They did their own research in advance and were fresh, engaging, and informed. Developing an instant rapport with Kevin, the audience was charmed. I would highly recommend them for corporate or community functions.”

by Jane Dafoe;  Fund Development and Communications Manager, the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured

​As a 4X Olympian - I have probably worked with over 100 coaches throughout my career. More than any other, Max had a unique ability to make athletes reach their peak potential. I believe athletes have different drives and motivations and Max was always able to coach from a deeper level of understanding. I trusted him implicitly, when you are skiing at speeds of 160km/h - You are trusting someone with your life and there was no-one I had more confidence in than Max.

Kerrin Lee-Gartner Olympic victory was a great story of perseverance, I remember being awoken by Dr.Pat McKonkey in 1992 (post my Olympic crash and knee surgery). He ripped open the blinds around my hospital bed and swung the tv over so I could see Kerrin Lee-Gartner winning the downhill Gold for Canada. "Those are my knees" he kept saying over and over again - referring to the fact that Kerin was able to overcome two re-constructed knee surgeries to become the best Woman Downhiller in the World.

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