After six years on the Canadian Disabled Alpined Ski Team, Whistlers Mark Ludbrook is announcing his retirement from competitive racing.
As a skier, he represented Canada in two Paralympics, winning the super G bronze at Nagano in 1998 and acting as the team flag bearer for the 2002 Salt Lake City Paralympic Games.
As a member of the Paralympic swim team, he represented Canada three times, winning three medals. He also won two World Championship silver medals.
"What can I say, Ive lived the dream," said Luddy of his accomplishments. His favourite career moments were winning the bronze in 1998 and carrying the Canadian flag at the opening ceremonies in Salt lake City.
"I have to thank the supporters in my hometwon of Whistler, B.C. If it wasnt for their contributions Im sure by results would have been different.
"Bill Lamond, the owner of Wild Willies has been unbelievable. Whistler-Blackcomb, their race department has always been there for me.
"Tom Prochazka, Phil Chew, Jason Fridrik, Greg Vollet, Chris Kent, Robin McLeish were there for race training and encouragement."
Other thank-yous go out to his freeskiing and racing partners, Sport Canada for their financial support, Alpine Canada for taking over the national disabled team in 2000, the Pacific Sport Centres of B.C., and Todd Allison from the Telus Whistler Sports Centre for his support.
Last but not least, he thanks his wife Sara and his family for supporting his goals and dreams.
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