CANOE NAGANO '98 ISP DIRECTORY
Edi Podivinsky - Alpine Skiier
Club: Snow Valley
On national team since 1989.
'Fast Edi' Podivinsky exploded on to the international scene after he the first
Canadian ever to win a medal (gold) at the world junior alpine championships
eight years ago in Alyeska, USA. Since then, the personable ski racer has won
three medals on the World Cup circuit, all in the downhill, including a victory
at the Saalbach, Austria event on Jan.6, 1994. Podivinsky also won a bronze at
Bormio on Dec.29, 1995 and is probably best remembered for his bronze medal at
the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics on the Kvitfjell course.
Best results from 1996/97: Podivinsky was the only Canadian in any alpine
discipline to win a medal on the World Cup circuit last season, a bronze in
Kvitfjell, site of his Olympic triumph in 1994. Ranked 15th in the downhill
overall last season.
It's widely acknowledged that the Toronto-based skier has all the tools to become
a regular visitor to the podium on the World Cup circuit, but a series of
injuries in recent years, including a training-run crash in Chile two years ago
and torn knee ligaments after a fall during the final training run before the
1992 Albertville Winte Olympics have set him back, although he has vowed to
catch fire this season.
Podivinsky plans to attend university full-time when his on-snow career ends
after the 1998-99 season and study either law or business.