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Hutcheson, Bob ’44 - Skiing

Skis today look drastically different from when Bob was carving up the slopes for Ridley in 1944. But, more than six decades later, this Tiger’s passion for powder hasn’t changed a bit. While he enjoyed cricket, soccer and swimming during his Ridley years, it was downhill skiing where he truly excelled, winning every single one of the school’s races.
After Ridley, Bob went on to ski for the University of Toronto, where he earned a school letter. With an eye toward helping future skiers, he took on leadership positions at both The Huntsville and Osler Bluff Ski Clubs and served as Vice President of the Canadian National Alpine Ski team for five years. As a representative of the Canadian National Alpine Ski team during both the Sarajevo and Calgary Olympics, he has witnessed many pivotal moments in the sport—but starting the downhill racers on the slopes of Na-kisska at the 1988 Olympics remains a highlight.

Today, Bob continues to race in the under-100 age class and, while he claims the secret to his three wins is being the only one to compete, past performance suggests he’d be on the leaderboard no matter what!
“Enjoy and respect the people and the event—whether you are winning or losing.”
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