Dennis Adkin moved to Saskatoon in 1965 and quickly became involved in skiing. When the city pondered alpine ski facilities for the 1971 Canada Winter Games, it was Adkin’s suggestion that a hill be built. The result was Mount Blackstrap.
An official of the Saskatchewan Ski Association, Dennis used his skills to promote skiing in the province. He founded the Saskatchewan Ski Journal to promote the sport.
He also served as president and executive member of Saskatchewan Ski Association for 19 years, as well as a director and executive member of the Canadian Ski Association for some 25 years
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Birth Date: May 30, 1953
Birthplace: Shaunavon, Saskatchewan
Induction: June 17, 2006
Jim Hunter was selected as a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team at age 16. It was at this time that he and several other members of the Canadian team became known as the “Crazy Canucks” because of their aggressive, devil-may-care attitudes while skiing the downhill.
By 1971, Jim placed ninth in a World Cup downhill race in Switzerland and third in the combined event at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics. Jim became the first Canadian male skier to win a World Championship and was the 1972 Canadian and United States giant slalom champion.
Over his entire World Cup career, Jim medalled twice and placed in the top ten on 17 occasions. He returned to the Olympics in 1976 in Innsbruck, Austria and placed sixth in the combined event and tenth in the downhill. 1977 saw Hunter record his seventh straight Shell Cup giant slalom title.
Hunter turned professional and became the first Canadian to win a pro event. Following an injury-shortened career, he was named to the United States Skiing Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.