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DOUG ANAKIN

Birth Date:11/06/1930
From: Chatham, Ontario
Height:  Weight: lbs

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Canadian bobsleigh athlete. Selected by Vic Emery as a member of Canada's gold medal-winning four-man bobsleigh team at the 1964 Winter Olympics. Anakin was also one of the driving forces behind the Canadian luge program. He has been inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.

During his 35 years of teaching, Doug taught and coached 19 years at John Abbott College in Montreal 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 Doug’s traits.  

Today, Doug is retired living in British Columbia with his wife Mary Jean, a Nova Scotian, whom he met in Montreal and married in 1964. They have two daughters, both school teachers, and four grandchildren who share with their grandparents a love of the snow, the water, and the hiking trails.

  • 1952-1961
    • Attended Queen’s University where he was on the wrestling team.  After graduation, taught high school and coached around Ontario including 1 year (1958-59) at Chatham Collegiate.   After one year teaching in London, England, where he skied all winter and mountain climbed all summer in Austria, he taught school in Windsor and  skiing in Michigan.
  • 1961-1962
    • Doug returned to Europe where he joined up with  John and Vic Emery whom he had met at university and who were bobsledding in Germany.   Doug also became involved with Canadian Purvis McDougal and became one of first luge racers to represent Canada internationally.
  • 1962-1967
    • Continued teaching at Mount Royal High School in Montreal, coached football, wrestling, and skiing.  During winter of 1963 he competed in bobsled and luge in Austria and Lake Placid.   In 1964 joined bobsled team in Cortina, Italy for training and then to Innsbruck, Austria for luge training.
    • February 1964 Doug competed at Innsbruck, along with Vic Emery, John Emery, and Peter Kirby, winning the Olympic Gold Medal in four-man bobsled, a sport dominated by the Europeans at that time.   After competing in luge event he was forced to drop out after 2 runs due to minor injuries and conflict with bobsled.
    • After the Olympics, he continued to represent Canada in bobsled, most notably in the 1967 North American Championships at Lake Placid and the World Championships at Cortina, Italy. After retiring from competition, he began to promote luge by coaching and helping to design luge tracks in Canada.  Doug looked after a group of Canadian athletes at the 1970 Olympics in Munich, Germany and he coached the Canadian Luge Team at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan.

The Bobsleigh 1964 Winter Olympics results in Innsbruck, Austria. 

Pos Athlete Times
Gold Canada (Peter Kirby, Douglas Anakin, John Emery Vic Emery) 4:14.46
Silver Austria (Erwin Thaler, Adolf Koxeder,Josef Nairz,R.Durnthaler 4:15.48
Bronze Italy (Eugenio Monti, Sergio Siorpaes, Benito Rigoni,G.Siorpaes) 4:15.60
Inducted into Chatham Sports Hall of Fame 2006