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Todd Brooker

Todd Brooker
Alpine skier
ClubToronto Ski Club
Born (1959-11-24) November 24, 1959 (age 59)
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
World Cup debutDecember 13, 1981
(age 22)
RetiredJanuary 1987 (age 27)
Teams1 – (1984)
World Championships
Teams2 – (1982, 1985)
World Cup
Seasons6 – (19821987)
Wins3 – (3 DH)
Podiums7 – (7 DH)
Overall titles0 – (25th in 1984)
Discipline titles0 – (7th in DH, 1985)

Todd Brooker (born November 24, 1959) is a former alpine ski racer from Canada and a ski commentator on television.

World Cup Career

Born in Waterloo, Ontario, Brooker learned to ski and race at Blue Mountain, near Collingwood and made the Canadian national team in 1977; he competed on the World Cup circuit from December 1981 to January 1987. A younger member of the Crazy Canucks (Canada's downhill team) of the early 1980s Brooker won two World Cup downhill races at (Kitzbühel & Aspen) in 1983 finishing ninth in the season's overall downhill standings. Two years later he won the downhill race in Furano, Japan finishing seventh in the 1985 downhill standings.

Brookers rise to world class prominence placed him 13th at the 1982 World Championships, ninth in the downhill in both the 1984 Winter Olympics and the 1985 World Championships.

The Hahnenkamm in Kitzbühel, Austria, is arguably the most physically and mentally demanding race on the downhill skiing world cup circuit. The Streif course is one of the most respected and feared downhill courses. A victory is a badge of honor, if not a bragging right to even the most seasoned and decorated racer. From 1980 to 1983, Canadians Ken Read, Steve Podborski, and Brooker broke the European dominance of victory at Kitzbühel.

After returning from a knee injury, Brooker's ski racing career ended in Kitzbühel at the top of the Zielschuss in January 1987 with the most gut wrenching spectacular ragdoll head-over-heels cartwheeling fall ever captured on film.[1][2][3] When asked about the video, Brooker has remarked that everyone remembers his Kitzbühel fall, except for him. The crash in the Friday training run ended his season and racing career.[4][5]

Brooker finished his World Cup career with three victories, seven podiums, and 15 top ten finishes, all in downhill.[6]

World Cup results

Season standings

Season Age Overall  Slalom  Giant
Super-G Downhill Combined
1982 22 32 not run 14
1983 23 27 not
1984 24 25 9
1985 25 29 7
1986 26 83 33
1987 27 71 26

Race podiums

  • 3 wins – (3 DH)
  • 7 podiums – (7 DH)
Season Date Location Discipline Place
1982 March 6, 1982 United States Aspen, CO, USA Downhill 2nd
1983 January 22, 1983 Austria Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill 1st
March 6, 1983 United States Aspen, CO, USA Downhill 1st
1984 December 9, 1983 France Val d'Isère, France Downhill 2nd
December 18, 1983 Italy Val Gardena, Italy Downhill 2nd
1985 January 12, 1985 Austria Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill 3rd
March 2, 1985 Japan Furano, Japan Downhill 1st

World championship results

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
Super-G Downhill Combined
1982 22 not run 13
1985 25 9

Olympic results Olympic rings without rims.svg

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
Super-G Downhill Combined
1984 24 not run 9 not run

Post-racing career

Brooker has been a ski commentator on television for a number of years, and has worked for most of the major networks in North America. He has covered alpine skiing for numerous Winter Olympics for U.S. television, and currently provides commentary and analysis on CBC in Canada during the World Cup ski season. Brooker covered alpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics for NBC in the United States.

Brooker lives on a farm in rural Ontario near Thornbury, with his wife and three daughters.[7]

Crabbe Mountain Speed Camp

Brooker also made an appearance at the 2011 Crabbe Mountain Speed Camp, a camp where kids from across Atlantic Canada go to learn the discipline known as Super G.


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  2. ^ Starkman, Randy (January 23, 1987). "Training-run crash sends Brooker to hospital". Ottawa Citizen. p. B1.
  3. ^ "Brooker injured in spectacular crash". Ottawa Citizen. Canadian Press. January 24, 1987. p. E2.
  4. ^ Starkman, Randy (January 26, 1987). "Brooker loves course that causes pain". Ottawa Citizen. p. B4.
  5. ^ "Brooker yet to decide on ski future". Ottawa Citizen. Canadian Press. February 12, 1987. p. D6.
  6. ^ - race results - Todd Brooker
  7. ^ Sonic - Todd Brooker

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