Doug Anakin Bio, Wiki
Douglas Thomas Anakin was a Canadian bobsleigh competitor. It is being reported that he died on April 25th, 2020 as per an obituary posted by a B.C. funeral home and the Montreal Gazette. He was 89 years old.
Doug Anakin Age
He was born on November 6th, 1930 in Chatham-Kent, Canada and died on April 25th, 2020 aged 89.
Douglas Anakin, who helped Canada win Olympic bobsled gold in 1964, has died at age 89.
Doug Anakin Bobsleigh Competitor
He was born in Chatham, Ontario, and was selected by Vic Emery as a member of Canada’s gold medal-winning four-man bobsleigh team at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria alongside Peter Kirby and brothers John and Vic Emery. They won Canada’s lone Olympic gold medal of the Innsbruck Games and country’s first in bobsled.
Anakin was also one of the driving forces behind the Canadian luge program. He alongside his teammates were inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in the same year. Their Hall of Fame biography said they had only four practice runs on the Innsbruck track compared to multiple runs by the Italians and Austrians.
Anakin was the smallest member of the team at five foot seven and 150 pounds. He also represented Canada in luge in Innsbruck. He dropped out of the luge competition after two runs because of minor injuries, and also because of scheduling conflicts with the bobsled competition, according to the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Doug Anakin Career
Anakin taught for 19 years at John Abbott College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue before retiring in 1990. Because of his involvement at the school, his commitment to his community, and his passion for outdoor activities, the school established the “Doug Anakin Scholarship for Outdoor Pursuits” which is presented annually to a student who best demonstrates Anakin’s traits.
He coached the Canadian luge team at the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo, Japan, and also owned Doug Anakin Sports in Beaconsfield, a store specializing in outdoor sports equipment.
Doug Anakin Wife (Mary Jean )
He met his wife Mary Jean in 1964 and the couple retired to Windermere, B.C., in the 1990s. Anakin was married and had two children and four grandchildren.
Doug Anakin Death & Cause
Anakin died April 25, according to an obituary posted by a B.C. funeral home and the Montreal Gazette. His cause of death was not revealed.
The 🇨🇦 sliding community lost an original champion this week. Our thoughts are with the family of Doug Anakin – a member of 🇨🇦historic 4-man winning bobsleigh squad who shocked the world at the 1964 Olympics in Innsbruck. #RIPChamp
Remembering Doug: https://t.co/fmuj563RNh pic.twitter.com/RdfD6M47pA
— Luge Canada (@LugeCanada) April 30, 2020
We are very sad to hear of the passing of Hall of Famer, Doug Anakin over the weekend. Our condolences to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/2nnCndoQJ4
— Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (@sportshall) April 28, 2020