He may be small in stature, but Kucera has already left a huge mark on the sport of ski racing. The five-foot-nine dynamo made history by winning the world downhill championship in 2009. The Calgary native, who is famed for his work ethic and determination, doesn't come from a privileged background; his parents emigrated to Canada from the former Czechoslovakia in the early 1980s. The Canadian Cowboy won his first World Cup race on his home hill, when he claimed super-G gold at Lake Louise in 2006. Kucera returned to racing in 2012 after recovering from a long-term leg injury. When he's not on the ski hill, Kucera loves to ride dirt bikes.
1st – Downhill - World Alpine Championships - Val d'Isere, FRA (2009)
2nd - Super-G – FIS World Cup - Lake Louise, CAN (2008)
1st - Super-G – FIS World Cup - Lake Louise, CAN (2006)
World Cup ranking
|Ski club:||Calgary Alpine Racing Club|
What is your first memory of skiing? Skiing with my dad when he was a ski patroller and I was five
What has been your best moment in ski racing? Winning my first World Cup in Lake Louise in front of friends and family
What has been your worst moment in ski racing? Breaking my leg at Lake Louise
What is your Olympic dream? To be a medal contender at the Olympics
What is the best thing about having the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia? Good vodka!
If you could listen to one song before leaving the start gate, what would it be? It would be something country, something slow!
If you could bring any three people in the world - living or from the past - to one of your races, who would they be? My mentor Jason Lapierre, brother James and parents
Hidden talent: I can two-step!
If you had just one day left to live, how would you spend it? I'd spend it in the bush, hoping for another day!
If you could own a business or be trained in any career other than ski racing, what would you choose? If I wasn't a racer I'd like to be a ski coach
When I’m not skiing, you can probably find me: In the bush, on my dirt bike!
What’s the best thing about your hometown? It's a great city; close to the mountains
Name the most surprising thing in your suitcase when you’re on the road: I don't have anything surprising in my suitcases!
Describe your favourite thing to eat or drink during race season: A well-done steak, which usually comes from home – that's why I enjoy it
If you could design your own World Cup spot anywhere in the world, where would it be? Somewhere in North America, just to keep us over here for longer before we go to Europe
Where is your favourite place to race or train? Canada – because it's not on the road!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Super-quick reflexes – they would probably benefit me in anything I do in life
If you could build your dream home anywhere in the world, where would it be? At the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, within a one-hour drive of Calgary but away from people!
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen a teammate do while on the road? I've seen a lot of funny things … maybe watching Paul Stutz try to eat a hot potato. He got it stuck in his mouth and burned himself
2nd – Super-G – Lake Louise, Alta. (Nov. 2008)
3rd – Super-G – Val Gardena-Groeden, ITA (Dec. 2006)
1st – Super-G – Lake Louise, Alta. (Nov. 2006)
Finishes in the top 10
6th – Downhill – Lake Louise, Alta. (Nov. 2009)
7th – Downhill – Are, SWE (March 2009)
8th – Downhill – Kvitfjell, NOR (March 2009)
7th – Downhill – Kvitfjell, NOR (March 2009)
6th – Combined – Kitzbuehel, AUT (Jan. 2008)
5th – Super-G – Kitzbuehel, AUT (Jan. 2008)
10th – Downhill – Bormio, ITA (Dec. 2007)
4th – Giant slalom – Alta Badia, ITA (Dec. 2007)
6th – Giant slalom – Beaver Creek, USA (Dec. 2007)
7th – Super-G – Lake Louise, Alta. (Nov. 2007)
7th – Downhill – Lake Louise, Alta. (Nov. 2007)
5th – Giant Slalom – Alta Badia, ITA (Dec. 2006)
2006 Olympic Winter Games – Turin, ITA
17th – Combined
22nd – Super-G
27th – Downhill
Canadian champion – Giant slalom – Mt. St. Anne, Que. (March 2009)
Canadian champion – Downhill – Whistler, B.C. (March 2008)
Canadian champion – Super-G – Whistler, B.C. (March 2008)
Canadian champion – Super combined – Whistler, B.C. (March 2008)
Canadian champion – Super-G – Whistler, B.C. (March 2006)
Canadian champion – Giant slalom – Whistler, B.C. (March 2006)
Canadian champion – Downhill – Le Massif, Que. (March 2005)
Canadian champion – Super-G – Le Massif, Que. (March 2005)
FIS World Ski Championship
World champion – Downhill – Val d’Isere, FRA (Feb. 2009)
6th – Super-G – Val d’Isere, FRA (Feb. 2009)
44th – Giant slalom – Val d’Isere, FRA (Feb. 2009)
12th – Giant slalom – Are, SWE (Feb. 2007)
30th – Super-G – Are, SWE (Feb. 2007)
31st – Downhill – Are, SWE (Feb. 2007)
32nd – Super combined – Are, SWE (Feb. 2007)
9th – Combined – Bormio, ITA (Feb. 2005)
16th – Downhill – Bormio, ITA (Feb. 2005)
25th – Super-G – Bormio, ITA (Feb. 2005)
Men’s overall champion (2005)
Downhill men’s champion (2005)
Super-G men’s champion (2005)