John Kucera after World Cup super-G in Lake Louise.
John Kucera during World Cup downhill training in Val Gardena, Italy.
John Kucera in action during World Cup super-G in Val Gardena, Italy.
John Kucera during World Cup downhill in Lake Louise.
John Kucera at the start of the first downhill training run in Lake Louise (Nov. 2012)
John Kucera during the first downhill training run in Lake Louise (Nov. 2012)
John Kucera during the second downhill training run in Lake Louise (Nov. 2012)
John Kucera at the start of the first downhill training run in Lake Louise (Nov. 2012)
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John Kucera during wind-tunnel testing at an Audi facility in Germany.
John Kucera's pink helmet in support of the TELUS Go Pink campaign
John Kucera during wind-tunnel testing at an Audi facility in Germany.
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Group Photo
John Kucera (right)
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John Kucera during wind-tunnel testing at an Audi facility in Germany.
John Kucera keeps his focus as he battles the super-G track in Kitzbühel.

John Kucera

Alpine

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.

 
 
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Top Results

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

(2012-13)
Overall: 113th
Super-G: 36th

Birth date: 17/09/1984
Birth place:
Calgary, Alta.
Residence:
Calgary, Alta.
Hometown:
Calgary, Alta.
Ski club: Calgary Alpine Racing Club
Made team: 2004
Sponsor: Canadian Pacific
Height: 5-9
Weight: 185 pounds
Skis: Atomic
Boots: Atomic
Poles: Komperdell
Helmet: Dainese
Goggles: Dainese

Nickname(s): Johnny

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

 

Podiums
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 Championships 
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)

Nor-Am Cup
Men’s overall champion (2005)
Downhill men’s champion (2005)
Super-G men’s champion (2005)