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Anne Heggtveit

Anne Heggtveit
— Alpine skier  —
Heggtveit with her Olympic gold medal
Disciplines Downhill, Giant Slalom,
Slalom, Combined
Club Ottawa Ski Club
Born (1939-01-11) January 11, 1939
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Teams 2 – (1956, 1960)
Medals 1 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams 4 – (1954, 1956, 1958, 1960)
    includes two Olympics
Medals 2 (2 gold)

Anne Heggtveit, CM (born January 11, 1939) is a former alpine ski racer from Canada. She was an Olympic gold medalist and double world champion in 1960.[1][2]


  • Early years 1
  • Racing career 2
  • World Championship results 3
  • Olympic results 4
  • Honors 5
  • Personal 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early years

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Heggtveit was encouraged into alpine skiing by her father, Halvor Heggtveit (1907–1996),[3] a Canadian cross-country champion who qualified for Winter Olympics in 1932,[4] but did not compete.[5] She learned to ski at Camp Fortune ski area[6][7] in the nearby Gatineau Hills of Quebec, northwest of Ottawa, and was a student at Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa. She was a ski racing prodigy, invited at age seven to serve as a forerunner to a downhill race at Lake Placid in 1946.[8]

Racing career

At the age of 15 in 1954, Heggtveit first gained international attention when she became the youngest winner ever of the Holmenkollen giant slalom event in Norway.[9][10] She also won the slalom and giant slalom at the United States national junior championships, and finished ninth in the downhill and seventh in the slalom at the World Championships in March at Åre, Sweden.[11][12] After leading the top half of the giant slalom, she fell twice near the finish was well back in 31st,[13] which dropped her final placing in the combined to 14th.[12]

Although Heggtveit suffered from several injuries between 1955 and 1957,[5] Heggtveit still earned a spot on Canada's Olympic team at age 17 in 1956 at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.[14]

At a time when Europeans dominated alpine skiing, 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. Wheeler won gold in the downhill and giant slalom events, and took silver in the combined. Heggtveit finished in the top ten in three events, with an eighth in the slalom, seventh in the downhill, and sixth in the combined.[15][16][17][18]

At the 1960 Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, California, Heggtveit won Canada's first-ever Olympic skiing gold medal.[14][19] Her victory in the Olympic slalom also made her the first non-European to win the world championship in slalom and combined. Heggtveit was the first North American to win the Arlberg-Kandahar Trophy, the most prestigious and classic event in alpine skiing.

World Championship results

  Year    Age   Slalom  Giant
Super-G Downhill Combined
1954 15 7 31 not run 9 14
1956 17 30 29 22
1958 19 8 15 7 6
1960 21 1 12 12 1

From 1948 through 1980, the Winter Olympics were also the World Championships for alpine skiing.

Olympic results

  Year    Age   Slalom  Giant
Super-G Downhill Combined
1956 17 30 29 not run 22 not run
1960 21 1 12 12


Heggtveit was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's outstanding athlete of 1960. She was also the first recipient of the John Semmelink Memorial Award in November 1961,[20] named for her fallen teammate.[21][22] Her performance on the world stage was again recognized in 1976 when she was made a member of the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honor.[2]

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.

Heggtveit has a road named after her at the Blue Mountain Ski Resort in the Town of the Blue Mountains, west of Collingwood, Ontario. She also has a ski run named after her at Camp Fortune, an extremely difficult double black diamond run.[23]

Anne Heggtveit was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.[24]


Following her competitive career, Heggtveit married James Ross Hamilton in August 1961,[25][26] and resided in Quebec. They had two children and later relocated to nearby Vermont in the United States.[20][27][28]


  1. ^ Sullivan, Jack (February 27, 1960). "Anne Heggtveit wins Olympic slalom". Montreal Gazette. Canadian Press. p. 31. 
  2. ^ a b "50 years ago skier Anne Heggtveit won gold". Canadian Olympic Committee. November 9, 2009. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Halvor Heggtveit". Find a Grave. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Halvor Heggtveit". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Years of effort climaxed by Anne's skiing victory". Montreal Gazette. Canadian Press. February 27, 1960. p. 31. 
  6. ^ Heggtveit, Anne (October 15, 2010). "Cold sandwiches, cold toes — and loads of fun: memories of the Ottawa Ski Club". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Reliving Olympic gold". Low Down agency=(online). 2010. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Anne Heggtveit for Lake Placid". Ottawa Citizen. January 24, 1946. p. 14. 
  9. ^ "Ann(e) Heegtveight captures giant slalom at Norway". Ottawa Citizen. Canadian Press. February 22, 1954. p. 15. 
  10. ^ "Ottawa ski club cables young Anne". Ottawa. February 26, 1954. p. 41. 
  11. ^ "Swiss miss wins world downhill, Canadian entrants finish 7th, 9th". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. March 2, 1954. p. 19. 
  12. ^ a b "Ottawa's Anne Heggtveit 7th in world slalom skiing". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. March 8, 1954. p. 27. 
  13. ^ "Two falls cost Anne Heggtveit victory at Are". Montreal Gazette. Canadian Press Press. March 5, 1954. p. 22. 
  14. ^ a b Olympic results
  15. ^ "Lucile Wheeler first again, wins world's giant slalom". Ottawa Citizen. Canadian Press. February 8, 1958. p. 1. 
  16. ^ "Lucile and Anne give Canada ski prominence". Ottawa Citizen. Canadian Press. February 10, 1958. p. 11. 
  17. ^ "Anne Heggtveit places 8th in world slalom ski final". Ottawa Citizen. Canadian Press. February 4, 1958. p. 9. 
  18. ^ Schmitt, Herbert (February 4, 1958). "U.S. Japan, Norway show improved ability in world alpine ski championship" (PDF). Evening Recorder ( 
  19. ^ Sullivan, Jack (February 27, 1960). "Anne captures world ski title". Ottawa Citizen. Canadian Press. p. 9. 
  20. ^ a b Koffman, Jack (November 21, 1961). "Honor Anne as 1st winner John Semmelink Memorial". Ottawa Daily Citizen. p. 15. 
  21. ^ "Tragedy mars Canadian ski triumph". Montreal Gazette. Canadian Press. February 9, 1959. p. 17. 
  22. ^ Ball, Robert (February 16, 1959). "Of ice and death". Sports Illustrated: 52. 
  23. ^ "Trail map". Camp Fortunate ski area. 2013–14. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Find by year inducted". Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  25. ^ "Engagements". Montreal Gazette. February 16, 1961. p. 19. 
  26. ^ "Personals". Montreal Gazette. August 10, 1961. p. 17. 
  27. ^ "Championship winter sports events at Lake Placid". Ottawa Citizen. February 17, 1962. p. 20. 
  28. ^ Christie, James (June 14, 2009). "Where are they now: Anne Heggtveit". TSN. Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 

External links

  • Anne Heggtveit at the International Ski Federation
  • – Anne Heggveit – results
  • – Olympic results
  • Canada's Sports Hall of Fame – Anne Heggtveit
  • Canadian Ski Hall of Fame – Anne Heggtveit
  • Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame – Anne Heggtveit
  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame – Anne Heggtveit Hamilton
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