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  • Edi Podivinsky - Alpine Skiier

    Born: Edmonton
    Residence: Toronto
    Club: Snow Valley
    Birthdate: 08/03/70
    On national team since 1989.

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     '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.

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