Ian Pavlik – 1990 – Athlete of the Year

In 1990 Ian Pavlik was a member of the Canadian National Junior Alpine Ski Team. 1990 was a key year for Pavlik, during which he displayed great courage and determination in his continuing recovery from a terrible automobile acci¬dent which nearly brought his young career to a tragic and untimely end. Pavlik suffered internal injuries and a nearly disintegrated femur in the February, 1988 accident, and it was feared he might never walk properly again, much less ski. Reconstructive surgery included the insertion of an 18-inch metal rod into his femur to provide the leg with structure. Undaunted, he undertook a painful and persistent rehabilitation program, showed great progress in 1989, and reached new competitive levels in 1990. In addition to being a member of the Canadian National Junior Team, Pavlik continued to represent the Ontario Provincial Alpine Ski Team. His 1990 Canadian Junior rankings included a 2nd in the Downhill, and 7th in the Super Giant Slalom. In open World rankings, he was rated 229th in Downhill. Pavlik began 1990 with a victory in the Junior Slalom at the Canadian Alpine Ski Series Eastern Canadians, held at Osler Bluff near Collingwood in January. In February, at Lake Louise, Alberta, he won the Canadian Junior Downhill Championship, and finished second in the Super Giant Slalom. On the strength of these performances, he was named to the Canadian World Junior Team.

Pavlik accompanied the Canadian team to Zinal, Switzerland in March for the World Junior Alpine Championships. 14th after time trials, he finished 41st in the Downhill.

He also finished 24th in the Downhill at the NorAm Cup competitions held in Fernie, British Columbia in March. This event included National Team members from both Canada and the United States. Ian Pavlik is 19 years old, and a graduate of Barrie North Collegiate.

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