Kerrin Lee-Gartner, skier (b at Traill, BC, 21 Sept 1966). Growing up in Rossland, BC, the home town of Olympic gold medallist Nancy GREENE, Lee-Gartner learned to ski at an early age. She joined Canada's national team at the age of 17. Though she performed well on the World Cup circuit, she suffered a number of serious injuries and never placed better than third. Nevertheless, at the 1992 OLYMPIC GAMES in Albertville, France, Lee-Gartner skied the race of her life on the difficult and dangerous Meribel course, capturing the gold medal in the Olympic downhill, skiing's most prestigious event. Lee-Gartner's win was the first of her career and the first-ever Olympic downhill gold medal won by a Canadian.
In Dec 1992 she finished third in Vail, Colo, and in Feb 1993 she missed winning in the downhill at Veysonnaz, Switz, by 9/100ths of a second, finishing in second place.