• Alex 50km Lahti Champion
  • Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany, Feb 6-16, 1936

    Bud Clarke
    Willam Ball
    Tom Mobraten
    Karl Baadsvik

    Almost ten months prior to the IVth Winter Games, the Canadian Olympic Ski Committee selected eight men, most of whom would ski both nordic and the debuting alpine events of Hitler’s Olympics. Four women were named to ski slalom and downhill.

    Departing Montreal by train to Halifax on Jan. 3rd, then crossing the Atlantic by boat to Scotland, the tired and somewhat sea-sick men’s squad finally reached Garmisch by train Jan. 14th, having lost a fair amount of conditioning just from the rigours of travel. After a few days of absolute rest, the group began skiing the prepared and marked ‘non-Olympic’ trails, from which sections were to be used for the Games.

    Not entered in the debut of the 4 x 10 km relay won by Finland over the Norwegians in a 15 team field, Canadians rested after racing the downhill events to prepare for the 18 km. Erik Larsson of Sweden won the sprint while Ottawa’s Bud Clarke ran 48th following his 47th in downhill. Montreal’s William Ball, who finished 39th in downhill, skied to 55th among 72 athletes in cross country. Tom Mobraten of Vancouver and Karl Baadsvik of Montreal were 58th and 64th. Baadsvik had been best in downhill placing 26th. Elis Wiklund gave Sweden its third consecutive 50 km gold and led his teammates to a top four sweep.