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Winter Olympics, 1976: The outpouring of congratulations for Kathy Kreiner

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In this week’s examination of local history, we’re wrapping up our look at how the Kreiner sisters became the toast of Timmins.  It was 1976, and the younger sister, Kathy, brought home a gold medal in downhill skiing from the Winter Olympics in Austria.

Museum director-curator Karen Bachmann tells us about the outpouring of congratulations.  In the days before tweets and emails, it took the form of cards and letters.

“The museum actually a few years ago received some of the pieces from Kathy’s collection that were at home here,” Bachmann adds. “And all of the fan mail that they were receiving in bags from all across the country.”

“And they’re just a hoot to read. Cards from Newfoundland and kids in Saskatchewan and all kinds of things. All kinds of cards and good wishes and those kinds of wonderful things for Kathy.”

Because of next Monday’s Family Day holiday, our next local history feature will be on Tuesday.

Congratulations from radio morning man and cartoonist Red Hot Kohls. (Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre)
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