Lucile Wheeler Vaughan

Year Inducted: 1976

Born:  January 14, 1935          Montreal, CAN

Lucile Wheeler Vaughan is the first Canadian to win an Olympic medal in skiing.  At the 1956 Olympic Winter Games she won a bronze medal in the downhill becoming the first North American skier to reach the Olympic podium in that event.

A product of the famous Grey Rocks Inn and ski resort, which her parents owned and operated, she was on skis at the age of two and a top Canadian performer in skiing by her teens.  She was named to Canada's 1950 FIS team and 1952 Olympic team.

Following on her Olympic success she was first in the Hahnenkam in Innsbruck in 1957  and in 1958 won two gold medals at the FIS (world) championships in the downhil and slalom, ranking her in the top three women skiers in the world.  

Like Andrea Mead Lawrence she opened the door for Canadian and North American skiers to be among the world's elite.


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