TORONTO – Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee released the following statement regarding the passing of Shirley Firth Larsson, four-time Canadian Olympian (Cross-Country Skiing at Sapporo 1972, Innsbruck 1976, Lake Placid 1980, and Sarajevo 1984), following a year and a half battle with cancer.
“Olympian Shirley Firth Larsson lived an inspiring life, filled to the brim with accomplishments the likes of which many athletes can only dream. As a 29-time National Champion and four-time member of the Canadian Olympic Team, she proudly represented Canada and the North, serving as a shining example of excellence to Aboriginal women everywhere. Her contribution to sport and to Canada will not be forgotten. On behalf of the Canadian Olympic Committee, I offer my heartfelt condolences to her husband, her three daughters, her sister and fellow Olympian, and to the rest of her family and friends during this difficult time.”
– Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee
— Cross Country Canada (@cccski) May 1, 2013
— Women and Sport (@CAAWS) May 1, 2013
‘She was a one-of-a-kind lady, a true role model’ – Trailblazing Olympic skier Shirley Firth-Larsson passes away – norj.ca/2013/05/she-wa…
— Northern Journal(@Northernjournal) May 1, 2013
— Yukon Native Hockey (@YIHAHockey) May 1, 2013
Sad to hear of the passing of Shirley Firth. One of the first to pave the way for NWT athletes on the international stage like myself. #RIP
— Michael Gilday (@ykgday) May 1, 2013
Team North at The National Aboriginal Hockey Championships would like to dedicate the remainder of our games to Shirley Firth-Larsson.
— AboriginalSportNWT (@ASCNWT) May 1, 2013
We lost a a great woman yesterday, Shirley Firth-Larsson you leave behind a grand legacy. You will never be forgotten sportnorth.com
— Sport North(@SportNorth) May 1, 2013
Shirley Firth Larsson, Aboriginal woman who competed at 4 Olympics for Canada in cross-country skiing, has died: cbc.sh/gWR9TZS
— CBCSports (@cbcsports) May 1, 2013