• After David Poisson's tragic death, downhill skiers will count on preparation to ward off risks that don't go away

    One year ago - By National Post

    Steve Podborski remembers being scared just once, in Kitzbühel, Austria, which makes perfect sense.
    That course, the Streif, on that mountain, the Hahnenkamm, is a two-minute torture test of will and skill, of fallaway turns and flat light and a hellacious top speed.
    Podborski, one of the legendary Crazy Canucks, would master the World Cup ski circuit's toughest test time and again. He won downhills there in 1981 and '82, took silver twice and never finished outside the top 10 in seven starts.
    But in January 1978, in Kitzbühel for the first time, he was intimidated.
    “I'd gone and studied...
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