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Canadian Sports and Sports Heroes of the 1950's and 1960's
Transcript of Canadian Sports and Sports Heroes of the 1950's and 1960's
The Olympics Today, in our presentation, the four main topics we will be addressing are: Sports that were played in the 1950’s and 60’s had an impact on many Canadians. The main sports Canadians took part in during the 50’s and 60’s were football and hockey. These two sports were very popular and extremely competitive. Canadians loved their sports and followed all their favourite athletes. Canadian athletes made a name for themselves and are now a part of Canada’s history. Let's begin! The
1950s Hockey was a sport that many Canadians admired watching in the 1950’s. Hockey The Toronto Maple Leafs were the first team to win the Stanley Cup in the 1950’s. Years after, the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup consecutively. More protective equipment was also introduced into the sport such as shin pads. First Shin Pads Today's Skin Pads Football was introduced at a very high level due to the competition throughout all of Canada Football Teams were created in each province in Canada and they would play against each other.
In the 1950’s, several Canadian teams won the grey cup such as Toronto, Montreal, Saskatchewan and many other teams. The very first grey cup to be won in the 1950’s was won by the Toronto Argonauts which was the 38th grey cup in Canada. Sports
Heroes In 1954, Marilyn Bell becomes the first person to swim across Lake Ontario, at the age of 16. She was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1958. Marilyn Bell He was originally a football player for the Toronto Argonauts, then he eventually tried other sports like hockey. He played in the NHL and was rewarded the title of “All-Star” three times. Inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1955. Lionel “The Big Train” Conacher He was a baseball player from London, Ontario. He was an extraordinary catcher and led his team to the World Series. He was named Canadian baseball player of the half century in 1950. He was inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame in 1958. George “Mooney” Gibson The
Olympics 1952 – Oslo, Norway
The Canadian ice hockey team wins their seventh gold medal in eight Olympics; it will be fifty years before they win another. Winter 1952 – Helsinki, Finland
Canada’s lone gold medal of the 1952 Games was awarded to shooter George Genereux in the clay pigeon event. Weightlifter Gerald Gratton and canoeists Don Hawgood and Ken Lane won silver medals. Summer The
1960s The National Hockey League expanded from six teams to twelve. Hockey Montreal Canadiens had one of the most incredible runs in professional sports: 5 consecutive Stanley Cup
championships in 1960.
1963-64 was probably the most memorable year for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Team captain Maurice “Rocket” Richard who meant so much to the Canadiens, was injury
prone in the early 1960’s.
In the end of the season, the Leafs had won the Stanley Cup, this had been there 3rd championship in a row. In 1962 Winnipeg and Hamilton played each
other in the Grey Cup championship. The game had to be stopped during the last 10 minutes, due to extreme fog. The rest of the game was played the next day. Winnipeg just beat Hamilton by one point, the final score was 28-27. Football Russ Jackson was named the league’s Most Outstanding Canadian Player in only his second season in the Canadian Football League. On November 30, 1969, Russ Jackson went out a champion. In his final game, Jackson threw four touchdown passes to lead the Ottawa Rough Riders to a 29-11 Grey Cup victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He won the Grey Cups MVP in 1969. Sports
Heroes He fought in 93 professional fights and was never knocked down. He is also inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. George Chuvalo Also as know as the “Ski Queen”, was born in Ottawa, Ontario. She is Canada’s skiers as well as Canada’s most active Rocky Mountain embassador. Her most memorable performance was at the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France. She was inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame in 1967. Nancy Greene Bruce Kidd He was a sensation on the North American indoor track scene in the early 1960s. He’s broken multiple world records and is responsible for the resurgence of track and field in Toronto. The
Olympics 1960 – Squaw Valley, California
Eight of the 56 Canadian athletes who participated in the 1960 Games in Squaw Valley, California, were figure skaters. Winter 1964 - Innsbruck, Austria
For the first time, Canadians took part in the bobsleigh competition. Bronze medals were brought home by Canadian figure skaters Petra Burka and the pairs team of Debbi Wilkes and Guy Revell. 1968 – Grenoble, France
70 Canadians attended the Grenoble games. Canada’s hockey team finished the Olympic tournament with five wins and two losses, winning a bronze medal. 1956 – Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
Canadian athletes won three medals at the Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo. 1956 - Melbourne, Australia
For Canada, the UBC fours – win the gold medal by five lengths in the final heat of their rowing competition. Two Canadians were on the podium for the prone rifle event. These Games saw Canada win its first Olympic diving and equestrian medals. 1960 - Rome, Italy
This was Canada’s least productive performance at a Summer Games, bringing home only one medal – a silver for the men’s eight rowing team. Summer 1964 – Tokyo, Japan
Coxless pairs rowers George Hungerford and Roger Jackson won Canada’s lone gold medal in Tokyo. Canada also came home with two other medals. 1968 – Mexico City, Mexico
Canadians won a total of five medals, and one athlete came home with three of them – Elaine “Mighty Mouse” Tanner. Thank you for watching!