A glimpse of NWT Ski History

Canadian Olympic cross country team at 1972 Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo, JPN [L to R]: Helen Sander, Roseanne Allen, Sharon Firth, Shirley Firth, Bjorger Pettersen (coach), Roger Allen, Jarl Omholt-Jensen, Malcolm Hunter, Fred Kelly

Of the eight cross country skiers, a record six were from Inuvik, Northwest Territories, including 18-year old twins, Sharon and Shirley Firth who became the first aboriginal women to make a Canadian Winter Olympic team.

Firth Sisters: Northern Lights

Sharon Firth: Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Link

Sharon: An Inspiration to Young Skiers

Shirley Firth: Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Link

The cross-country skiing community mourns the passing of Shirley Firth

NWT Skiers At the Olympics:

Sopporo, Japan, 1972

Innsbruck, Austria, 1976

Lake Placid, USA, 1980

Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, 1984

NWT Club Histories