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Todd Brooker

Todd Brooker
— Alpine skier —
Disciplines Downhill
Club Toronto Ski Club
Born (1959-11-24) November 24, 1959
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
World Cup debut December 13, 1981
(age 22)
Retired January 1987
Olympics
Teams 1
World Championships
Teams 2
World Cup
Seasons 6
Wins 3
Podiums 7

Todd Brooker (born November 24, 1959, in Waterloo, Ontario) is a former alpine ski racer from Canada and is a ski commentator on television.

Contents

  • World Cup Career 1
    • World Cup podiums 1.1
  • Post-racing career 2
  • Crabbe Mountain Speed Camp 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

World Cup Career

Brooker learned to ski and race at Blue Mountain in Ontario and made the Canadian national team in 1977; he competed on the World Cup circuit from December 1981 to January 1987. A younger member of the Crazy Canucks (Canada's downhill team) of the early 1980s Brooker won two World Cup downhill races at (Kitzbühel & Aspen) in 1983 finishing ninth in the season's overall downhill standings. Two years later he won the downhill race in Furano, Japan finishing seventh in the 1985 downhill standings.

Brookers rise to world class prominence placed him 13th at the 1982 World Championships, ninth in the downhill in both the 1984 Winter Olympics and the 1985 World Championships.

The Hahnenkamn is arguably the most physically and mentally demanding race on the downhill skiing world cup circuit. This course is one of the most respected and feared courses by all FIS skiers. A victory is a badge of honor, if not a bragging right to even the most seasoned and decorated racer. From 1980 to 1983 Canadians Read, Podborski and Brooker broke the European dominance of victory at Hahnenkamm, Kitzbühel.

After returning from a knee injury Brooker's ski racing career ended at the top of the Zielschuss with the most gut wrenching spectacular ragdoll head-over-heels cartwheeling fall ever captured on film,[1] at Kitzbühel, Austria.

When asked about the video Brooker remarked that everyone remembered his 1987 Kitzbühel fall, except for him.
Brooker finished his World Cup career with three victories, seven podiums, and 15 top ten finishes, all in downhill.[2]

World Cup podiums

Season Date Location Race Place
1982 March 6, 1982 Aspen, CO, USA Downhill 2nd
1983 January 22, 1983 Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill 1st
March 6, 1983 Aspen, CO, USA Downhill 1st
1984 December 9, 1983 Val d'Isère, France Downhill 2nd
December 18, 1983 Val Gardena, Italy Downhill 2nd
1985 January 12, 1985 Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill 3rd
March 2, 1985 Furano, Japan Downhill 1st

Post-racing career

Brooker has been a ski commentator on television for a number of years, and has worked for most of the major networks in North America. He has covered alpine skiing for numerous Winter Olympics for U.S. television, and currently provides commentary and analysis on CBC in Canada during the World Cup ski season. Brooker covered alpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics for NBC in the United States.

Brooker lives on a farm in rural Ontario near Thornbury, with his wife and three daughters.[3]

Crabbe Mountain Speed Camp

Brooker also made an appearance at the 2011 Crabbe Mountain Speed Camp, a camp where kids from across Atlantic Canada go to learn the discipline known as Super G.

References

  1. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIu1ehx2vfI
  2. ^ FIS-ski.com - race results - Todd Brooker
  3. ^ Sonic Relief.com - Todd Brooker

External links

  • Todd Brooker at the International Ski Federation
  • Ski-db.com - Todd Brooker
  • Canadian Ski Hall of Fame - Todd Brooker - inducted 1991
  • Sports-Reference.com - profile - Todd Brooker
  • TSN.ca - Todd Brooker: Blast from the Past - March 2008
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