Verne Anderson


1937 –

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Who is Verne Anderson?

Verne R. Anderson was a Canadian alpine ski competitor and coach. He was a member of Canada's first national ski team competing in one Winter Olympics, and was head coach of the Canadian team at a subsequent Winter Olympics.

Anderson was born in Nelson, British Columbia, and was a member of Canada's first national ski team formed in 1959. He was a member of the Canadian team at the 1960 Winter Olympics held at Squaw Valley, California competing in all three alpine skiing disciplines for men. He placed 19th in slalom with a time of 2:29.3, 24th in giant slalom with a time of 1:56.1, and 22nd in downhill with a time of 2:15.9. During that era, the results from Olympics were used to determine the World Championship for alpine combined. Anderson's results gave him eighth place in the alpine combined.

Anderson again represented Canada at the 1962 World Championships where he earned the best results amongst Canadian competitors in all the alpine events and placing seventh in the alpine combined. He then retired from competition and became a coach for the Canadian Alpine ski team; the first Canadian to hold that role. He subsequently took on the role of head coach for the team.

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Jul 19, 1937

on July 23, 2013


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