Pierre Harvey and Horst Bulau named to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

07 May 2014 14:17
Pierre Harvey (right) with his son Alex
Pierre Harvey (right) with his son Alex -

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame recently announced its 2014 class, Cross-Country legend Pierre Harvey and Ski Jumping ace Horst Bulau are two of four Olympians to earn one of Canada’s highest sporting honours.

One of the few Canadians who ever competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, Harvey represented Canada as an Olympian in 1984 in Sarajevo in Cross-Country and at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Summer Games in cycling, and again at the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games. He made history in 1987 when he became the first Canadian ever to win an international Cross-Country event at Falun (SWE). He went on to win another three World Cup competitions before retiring in 1989. In total, Harvey competed in 50 World Cup events and stood atop the Canadian Championships podium an amazing 35 times. A product of the Canada Games system, Harvey was a dual-sport athlete who is an icon for both Canadian Cross-Country skiers and cyclists.

By the end of his career in 1992, Canada’s most famous ski jumper Horst Bulau earned thirteen World Cup victories, the most by any skier in the nation’s history. He placed in the top-three in 29 World Cup events, as well as earning numerous top ten finishes. Bulau earned 13 World Cup victories and finished third (1981), third (1982), and second (1983) in the overall World Cup standings. His FIS Junior World Championship gold in 1979 was the first Nordic title won by a Canadian. In addition, the four-time Olympian placed seventh in the individual large hill event at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, the best ever performance for a Canadian ski jumper.

The Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Celebrations will be held on 22nd October 2014. Currently counting 529 honoured members, the Hall of Fame was established in 1955 to preserve the record of Canadian sports achievements and to promote a greater awareness of Canada's heritage of sport.