Panorama coach Glenn Thomsen was honoured for his long-standing service to the skiing community with recognition at the Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame recently.
The Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame announced the Class of 2017 on Friday, November 10th at their 50th year celebration and team fundraising event. Four dedicated leaders who have made a life-long contribution with nation-wide impact to the sport of ski racing through their hard work and support of Rockies ski racing, athletes and events were recognized by their peers. The 2017 inductees included Mr. Thomsen, as well as Don Boyce, John Cassel and Randy Tarchuk.
“Recognizing the contribution of those dedicated officials, volunteers and builders, who have built our sport is very important,” said Alberta Alpine President Nigel Loring.
“These remarkable individuals have made a difference – profoundly lifting our sport. Their leadership has given many current and future ski racing champions the support they need to succeed. We are thrilled that this event can ensure the impact of our Honoured Inductees and our sport can be acknowledged and celebrated.”
Mr. Thomsen is a local legend that went from athlete to coach (U14 at Team Panorama) to ski racing parent. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame as an Honoured Alberta Team Alumnus as a former member of the Alberta Ski Team in the 1970s.
He was selected for his outstanding contributions to the sport with the “unique distinction of having coached both ladies and men, in speed and tech., with podium results in the Olympics, World Championships and World Cups over a period of 20 seasons.”
Amongst his many accomplishments, Mr. Thomsen was the head coach of the Canadian Team in 2003, and instrumental in helping Cary Mullen and Edi Podivinsky get top spots on the podium in World Cup and Olympic competition.
“I am honoured to be acknowledged for doing something that I love while enjoying the lifestyle and quality of life that it brings,” said Mr. Thomsen.
Coaching the next generation of racers and teaching them life skills are part of the reason he’s passionate about what he does.
“They learn a lot of skills like time management while balancing school, work, and the sport, and that’s really an asset,” he said.
According to Mr. Thomsen there are a lot of hardworking individuals that go without mention and he felt it was important to acknowledge the combined effort of many individuals in making the sport great. In the end he emphasized that the experience of being an inductee was humbling and he hopes to inspire others before he retires as a coach.
“My goal is to live a very long and active life, surrounding myself with people who love this sport as much as I do.”