18 Facts About Anne Heggtveit


Anne Heggtveit, was born on January 11,1939 and is a former alpine ski racer from Canada.


Anne Heggtveit was an Olympic gold medallist and double world champion in 1960.


Anne Heggtveit was encouraged into alpine skiing by her father, Halvor Heggtveit, a Canadian cross-country champion who qualified for the Winter Olympics in 1932, but did not compete.


Anne Heggtveit's parents had emigrated from Norway to North Dakota.


Anne Heggtveit learned to ski at Camp Fortune ski area in the nearby Gatineau Hills of Quebec, northwest of Ottawa, and was a student at Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa.


Anne Heggtveit was a ski racing prodigy, invited at age seven to serve as a forerunner to a downhill race at Lake Placid in 1946.


At the age of 15 in 1954, Anne Heggtveit first gained international attention when she became the youngest winner ever of the Holmenkollen giant slalom event in Norway.


At a time when Europeans dominated alpine skiing, Anne Heggtveit was inspired by the breakthrough performance of teammate Lucile Wheeler of Quebec, who won Olympic bronze in the downhill in 1956, and three medals at the World Championships in 1958 at Bad Gastein, Austria.


Anne Heggtveit finished in the top ten in three events, with an eighth in the slalom, seventh in the downhill, and sixth in the combined.


At the 1960 Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, California, Anne Heggtveit won Canada's first-ever Olympic skiing gold medal.


Anne Heggtveit was the first North American to win the Arlberg-Kandahar Trophy, the most prestigious and classic event in alpine skiing.


Anne Heggtveit was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's outstanding athlete of 1960.


Anne Heggtveit was the first recipient of the John Semmelink Memorial Award in November 1961, named for her fallen teammate.


Anne Heggtveit was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1960, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1971, and was among the first group inducted into the new Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 1982.


Anne Heggtveit has a road named after her at the Blue Mountain Ski Resort in the Town of the Blue Mountains, west of Collingwood, Ontario.


Anne Heggtveit has a ski run named after her at Camp Fortune, an extremely difficult double black diamond run.


Anne Heggtveit was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.


Anne Heggtveit was in the first induction of the Lisgar Collegiate Institute Athletic Wall of Fame, as part of the 160th Anniversary celebrations.