POSTED: Thursday May 20th 2010

Crazy Canuck takes over as Leader of Winter Sport Own The Podium

Ken Read,Canadian Ski Racing Legend, was appointed as Director Winter Sport for Canada's highly succesful Own The Podium Program. Ken joins Alex Baumann (CEO) and John Furlong (Board Chairman)as Canada prepares for next OWG.

Own the Podium Names Ken Read as New Director of Winter Sport
—Read to play key role in shaping new vision for winter sport leading to 2014 and beyond—

CALGARY—Ken Read, whose impressive career in high-performance sport spans more than four decades as an athlete and sport leader in executive positions, has been named director of winter sport for Own the Podium, the world-leading organization designed to help Canadian athletes win more international medals, announced on Wednesday.

Read brings more than 30 years of sport-leadership experience while serving in a variety of roles in Canada's sport community. An accomplished TV analyst and motivational speaker, Read became president and chief executive officer for Alpine Canada Alpine between 2002-2008 where he led a complete transformation of the operational, fiscal and culture of the governing body for alpine skiing in Canada and was responsible for delivering the necessary resources athletes required to win. Read was president and general manager of Alberta Alpine Ski Association over the last two years where he positioned the organization as one of the strongest provincial ski teams in the country while balancing the budget and strengthening its financial resources.

Read is one of the nation's most accomplished alpine skiers where he represented Canada as one of the famed "Crazy Canucks" for 10 years on the international stage.
"Ken is a winner, an established leader and was an extraordinary athlete who brings proven business acumen to this role," said John Furlong, who was recently appointed to chair Own the Podium's newly created Advisory Board. "Ken played a critical role in the founding and start-up of Own the Podium five years ago and will bring with him immense value as we continue to build on our success and shape a new vision for winter sport leading to 2014 and beyond."

Led by chief executive officer, Alex Baumann, Read joins an experienced executive leadership team that will shape Own the Podium's new vision for the future while upholding the same core goal - help Canadian athletes win more Olympic and Paralympic medals. In addition to Read, the executive leadership team will consist of Read's summer counterpart, Anne Merklinger, who was named to her post last August along with Dr. Jon Kolb who is responsible for the creation, implementation and assessment of an integrated sport science and medicine program for Own the Podium.

In his new role, Read will immerse himself in the winter high-performance sport culture while working alongside Own the Podium's high-performance sport advisers and technical specialists with the national sport organizations and Sport Canada to ensure common vision, goals and strategies to achieve excellence. As director of winter sport, Read will also formulate funding recommendations to the senior management team, lead annual reviews, and develop new policies and programs designed to achieve excellence at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

"The success of Own the Podium for Canada's Olympic and Paralympic athletes in 2010 has created incredible momentum to build on in the future," said Read. "I look forward to working with Canada's winter sport leaders and coaches to develop strategies that will propel more athletes to the international podium, while investing in the development of the nation's next generation of Olympic and Paralympic heroes."

Based in Own the Podium's Calgary office at Canada Olympic Park, Read will start his new position on Monday, June 1, 2010.

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