Lydia Kutra Memorial Giant Slalom
Submitted by LSDA Event Chair, U14 OCUP Finals…..
2019 marks the 25th year since the Ontario ski community lost one of its great female athletes, Lydia Kutra. Hailing from Atikokan Ontario, Lydia skied for the Atikokan Ski Club before moving on to the LSDA, Ontario and Canadian National Development Teams. Lydia’s trajectory was on track for the Canadian National Team before she suffered a career-ending injury. Lydia was inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame posthumously. The video below documents her athletic career – most impressive for an athlete who hailed from a ski club with 300 feet of vertical drop!
Each year, since her passing, the Port Arthur Ski Club has hosted the Lydia Kutra Memorial Ski Race at Mount Baldy. This year Thunder Bay and Lake Superior Division Alpine will be hosting a special Lydia Kutra Memorial Event including an LSDA Alpine Rendevous Social on the evening of Feb 22nd at Mount Baldy and the Annual Giant Slalom Race on Sunday the 24th on the Hornet at Mount Baldy.
Well known BC Rossignol Canada sales rep, Mike MacClelland, who grew up racing out of Thunder Bay with Lydia and bunch of the old ski team gang will be on hand to celebrate Lydia’s life and contribution to alpine ski racing in Northwestern Ontario. Lydia’s brothers, Lennard and Gerald Kutra, will be on hand to represent the Kutra family as they have done every year since the memorial event launched in 1994.
The LSDA encourages any former teammates and friends to come on up to Thunder Bay to join in on this memorable event. And you might want to slap on the boards and race the GS in memory of Lydia!
The Mount Baldy Slalom National points race will be taking place at Mount Baldy on Friday, February 22nd starting at 5:00 pm followed by the Lydia Kutra GS National points race on Sunday 24th.
For more information on the racing and rendezvous events please visit www.lsdalpine.com
For more information:
U14 OCup Finals 2019
Cell: 807 624 7200