TSC Canadian National Team Alumni

We are thrilled to share that the Toronto Ski Club has a remarkable history of producing top-notch athletes for the National Team, with one of the highest rates per capita. Our ski club boasts fast lifts and excellent grooming, creating the perfect environment for young athletes to hone their skills and develop proper techniques. We are proud of Todd Brooker and Lisa Savajarvi, two of our most accomplished racers, who have both triumphed in the World Cup.  Other TSC National Team athletes with multiple National Championship titles are:

Jeff MacInnis' epic 100-day expedition through the ice-choked Northwest Passage survived one of the harshest environments on the face of this planet... the passage  that has claimed more lives than Mount Everest.  This journey was made in an 18-foot boat named PERCEPTION - using only the wind and a dream as the sources of power.

In athletics, Jeff competed on the Canadian National Ski Team, racing in World Cup events and winning the Belgium National Downhill Championships in 1984. This was the era of the "Crazy Canucks," and through them Jeff learned valuable insights into outstanding team effort.

As an explorer, Jeff was also an intricate member of the first team to journey overland from London to New York. The Overland Challenge was a grueling 25,000 km journey around the world. This expedition was a 7 million dollar, eight part, prime time, "live action" British television series.   Jeff is the author of a National Geographic Magazine story and a best-selling book called "Polar Passage". A worldwide Rolex magazine advertisement features his Northwest Passage Expedition. He has presented 400 lectures in nine countries to Fortune 500 companies and associations. 

In 1973 at the age of 8, Kellie Casey moved to the Collingwood area with her family and promptly began training for a career in freestyle skiing.

She attended school in Thornbury and Meaford before transferring to Collingwood Collegiate for Grade 12 and 13. At age 12, she decided that her main skiing interest was not freestyle but rather the challenging downhill events. She began competing in the Toronto Ski Club racing programs, her firm goal now was to be and Olympic downhiller.

In 1980 she made the Southern Ontario Division team. She graduated in 1982 to the Ontario team and began racing internationally. Her top finishes in the Pontiac Cup series of 1982 and 1983 earned her a place on the development squad of the national team in 1984. In 1985, she became a member of the Canadian National Ladies Ski Team and began a regular tour of competition on the prestigious World Cup circuit. She competed and trained throughout the world, proudly carrying the name, Collingwood through many countries in Europe and America as well as into numerous major ski centres in North America. Injuries prevented her from a serious run at the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo.In 1985, she placed 4th in Canada in the downhill. In 1986 she won the overall downhill title in the Nor-Am International series. In 1987, she vaulted into the 1st seed in the World Cup Downhill standings with 5th, 8th and two 12th place finishes in Europe just prior to the Olympics. She capped her bid for Olympic selection later that year with a 2nd place finish in the Canadian Championships.

At the Calgary Olympics on February 18, 1988 she was 7th out of the starting gate. On a steep twisting high speed turn at the top of Mt. Allan she lost visual contact with the terrain and crashed heavily into a safety net. The resulting torn resulting torn knee ligament ended her quest for an Olympic medal. Following surgery and extensive knee rehabilitation she returned to World Cup competition in 1989, still tanked in the first seed on the World Cup tour.

In 1990, during a downhill training run in Argentina, she sustained a back injury. This latest problem along with a still-imperfect knee was enough to heed the medical advice and to call it a career. Kellie still proudly calls the Collingwood area her home. She skied regularly and got great satisfaction in instructing young racers at Blue Mountain Resort and the Toronto Ski club on weekends. Kellie attended the University of Guelph to study veterinary science.
 
Brad King
 
Barrie native Rob Crossan seems destined to have been a member of Canada’s National Ski Team. His parents were both members of the ski patrol at Collingwood’s Blue Mountain. They had him skiing by age three, and racing by the time he was ten. At the age of thirteen, he finished fourth in the Canadian Juvenile Championships, earning an invitation to a camp of national coaches, and placing him on the road to the National Team.

In 1986 he skied with both the Ontario Alpine Ski Team and the Canadian National Development Group, won three of five races, and finished 2nd in another, and was the Sealtest Cup Ontario Alpine Overall Champion. He placed second overall in the Canadian Alpine Ski Series. He won both the Junior and Senior Combined at the Canadian Alpine Ski Championships. He followed up with outstanding results in the American Junior Invitational National Championships, the North American Spring Series, FIS races in Quebec, and Eastern and Western Nor-Am races. For this breakthrough year, he received an Achievement Award from the Ontario Government Sports Award Program, and was named Barrie’s 1986 Amateur Athlete-of-the-Year. More importantly, he was named in 1987 to the National Team.

Although his first international success as an 18 year-old member of the National Team was a 24th place finish in his first World Cup downhill in Japan, Crossan was a slalom specialist. He competed internationally in slalom, giant slalom, and super giant slalom, as well as in the combined event (downhill one day, slalom the next). His twelfth place finish in the combined at the 1992 Albertville Olympics is the best ever finish for a Canadian male in that event. He also finished 20th in the slalom and 35th in the “Super-g” at Albertville.

Crossan also competed at the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer, where he finished 20th in the giant slalom. His (10th) place in the 1991 World Championships at Saalbach, and 8th place in the slalom at a 1993 World Cup event in Park City, Utah, remain the best-ever finishes by a Canadian male in those events. He was the North American Slalom Champion in 1993 and 1994, and won 11 different Canadian Championships between 1983-1993 encompassing all the alpine disciplines.

A resident of Collingwood, Rob Crossan is both a Level Ill Coach and Level Ill Examiner with the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation. He served several years as the Head Coach for 26 coaches and 150 athletes with the Toronto Ski Club. He currently is the Manager of Race and Competitions at Blue Mountain in Collingwood.
 
Graydon Oldfield
 
Richard Bertram
 
Jennifer Mickelson
 

Stefan Overgaard is the owner and founder of SXS FITNESS where CROSSFIT EGLINTON is located. He knows how important Strength & Conditioning are for an athlete to succeed. That’s what 9 certifications, including: CrossFit, CanFit Pro, NCCP, and several years on the Canadian Alpine Ski Team competing on the speed team will teach you. When Stefan hung up his skis in 2002, he decided to use his expertise to help other athletes. The result was SXS Fitness – a private studio that focuses on training the complete athlete which includes everything from pure strength and power training to speed, agility and coordination (not to mention mobility, flexibility and injury prevention) – everything an individual needs to up their game. Depending on client needs, they can sign up to lose a few pounds or boost fundamental athletic attributes and performance. Whether you are an elite athlete, weekend warrior, or just passionate about fitness and improving yourself, SXS Fitness has a program for you.

Kelby Halbert
 
Jonathan Reid (Snowboarding)