Olympic Skier Gets Fresh Start in Nursing Program

Home to Study at Selkirk College after Impressive Career on the World Stage


After traveling the world as a competitive skier, two-time Olympian George Grey has come home to study at Selkirk College launching a new chapter in his life.

Grey, a 36-year-old retired cross-country ski racer, is in his third year of the Selkirk College Nursing Program. Growing up in Rossland, naturally outdoor pursuits were always on his mind and his dream was to compete. The medical profession wasn’t even a twinkle in his eye.

“I started competitive skiing as a young kid,” Grey says. “It was nothing big, just a little race here in Rossland, and then I started to excel in cross country. Naturally, when you do well at something you start to like it more and more.”

At 16-years-old, Grey began competing at the national level developing lifelong skills of perseverance and dedication. He was on the Senior Canadian National Team for just over a decade, at the peak of his career training 35 hours a week headquartered out of Alberta’s Canmore Nordic Centre. Grey says passion was a driving factor.

“You aren’t going to succeed and you aren’t going to do well unless you are passionate and like what you are doing,” he says.

Olympic Skier Gets Fresh Start in Selkirk College Nursing Program

Retired National Cross Country Ski Team member George Grey studies in the Nursing Program at Selkirk College. The passion and drive that took him twice to the Olympics now fuels his quest for a new career helping people.

Grey achieved great success during his ski racing career. Some highlights for him include passing famous Norwegian cross country skier Petter Northug to achieve eighth place in the 30-kilometre pursuit at the Vancouver Olympics.

“He doesn’t always win… one point for Grey,” he says.

That same Olympics in 2010, he placed eighth in the 50-kilometre race

In 2011, it was time to retire after competing in his last FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Norway, the birthplace of his beloved sport. He returned to Canmore for one last Canadian National Championships and won all three distance events.

“At that point, I had done close to 100 world cups and five world championships and competed in my second Olympics. I am sure I could have qualified for another Olympics, but I also felt that I had reached my potential and so it was the right time for me to say thank you to ski racing and embrace new opportunities,” he says.

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