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Catalog Number 2013.55.28
Object Name Video
Title Laurie Graham
Scope & Content Laurie Graham:
01:15What sport did you play? Baseball was their summer sport, did school sports such as track & Field, small but good competitor, liked to be active
01:49Sports idols: looked up to whoever was winning and how she could learn from what they were doing and how she could be more like them, ski idol Kathy Kreiner who won the Gold medal in 1976
02:33When did you start skiing? About age 5, family activity in the winter, tried to keep up with her older siblings, joined ski programmes
03:09Did you take to skiing right away? Took to it right away, exciting, fast, social side with friends, freedom and exhilaration of going fast, suited her temperament
03:36Became more competitive - good ski programmes were being offered, at age 13-14 started doing more provincial races and started to take it more seriously
04:49Different events competed in as a junior - did all events, did not specialize until she got to the National Team and World Cup level, decided to go for the speed events rather than the technical ones
05:33What was easy, what was difficult when developing as a skier - good glider, good feel on the snow, not technically perfect
06:36On adjusting from smaller hills to larger ones - the size of the hill not huge factor in slalom or giant slalom; harder to find larger hills for the downhill so went to Quebec, remembers seeing the Rocky Mountains for the first time, definite fear factor in the mountains, awe, different snow conditions
07:57On joining the National Team - at age 13 or 14 starting to stand out as a leader at her level, coaches aimed her higher, they saw something that would eventually propel her to the top of the world, at this point she started summer camps and more intense training
09:21How do you know where you stand against other competitors in a race? Had a sense of how the run is going, how to have the correct line, gauge yourself more against the training run, since you have a time for that, don't know how you did until you cross the finish line
10:17More memorable was her first World Cup podium, a bronze, overwhelming feeling, "I'm here"; the European media wanted to know about her since she was unknown
11:35On race courses - considered a technical downhiller because she doesn't have the size and weight to be a glider, " I liked courses that constantly moved, that had a good flow, but you were always having to turn or look ahead or have a jump"; did not like the straight run, liked steeper, turnier curves
12:251980 Olympic Winter Games - goal was make the team, happy to be there, great experience, downhill was her first race when she was in the top seed, her race number was #4; just an experience, wasn't trying to win, just starting to ski well
13:201984 Olympic Winter Games - had won a world cup by then, had a bad season in general, did not ski well but it was wonderful to participate in the Games
14:251985-86 season - best year, everything good, right, good equipment, great shape, when things are going well, things are easy, 7 of 10 podiums, ended up 3rd in season, very competitive that year
15:281988 Olympic Winter Games - knew it was her last year and was thinking of retirement, lot of pressure being in Canada, best Olympic result came in 5th in downhill, it was work, fun and wonderful
16:49On dealing with pressure in 1988: it was another day's work, perhaps downplayed it too much, know yourself how much to rev up for it, concentrate on the race, on the process and not the results
18:26Perfect race - the season of '86, had a double podium in Val d'Isere with a silver and a gold; fast, loved the course
19:14On the transition between the downhill and the Super G: easiest transition among the events, the Super G is on the same hill, more gates, slower but still fast
20:33On retirement and becoming a commentator: easy transition, ready to retire, looked forward to the media side because she had done so many interviews as an athlete, comfortable in front of the camera, ready for a new challenge
21:22What would you have done if skiing hadn't worked out for you? Would have done more academically, would have wanted the challenge and feedback; "That's what sport gives you, immediate measureable results."
22:11Did you have an injury free career? Relatively speaking, 1981 injured ankle and shoulder but her knees were good throughout her career
23:08Life lesson: to enjoy what you are doing, it has to be fun; (23:33) "the most important life lesson for me was whenever I was winning, I was having fun. This is what I trained for."
24:15Learning more from winning or losing: "Losing stays with you a lot longer than the wins because you have to accept imperfection. Winning is the easy side. Winning continuously is difficult. From losing you can reassess what you did wrong. You can also look at as this as is this what I really want to be doing? In can make you re-evaluate why you are doing what you are doing. And when you decide to move forward it strengthens your resolve because you want to go out and do better and not lose."
25:16When you lose do you analyze it more critically? When you win a race, you bask in the fun; losing you are more critical, where did I go wrong?
27:14On being a member of the CSHoF: elite group of Canadians, the further I get from career the prouder I am of it and I did accomplish a lot
Year Range from 1977
Year Range to 1988
Subjects 1980 Olympic Winter Games Lake Placid
1984 Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo
1988 Olympic Winter Games Calgary
1982 World Championships
World Cup Giant Slalom title
Search Terms competitive
hard work