Owen Sound ski-racing inspiration Larisa Yurkiw will speak at a sold-out annual International Women’s Day breakfast Friday morning at the Inn on the Bay.
Yurkiw entered the Owen Sound Sports Hall last year as someone who retired at the top of her game.
She destroyed her left knee in 2009, missed two seasons, then returned to the World Cup circuit — only to be cut by the national team in 2013 after it decided she had little chance of winning a medal at Sochi.
Yurkiw formed her own team, raised her own money and qualified for the Olympics in Sochi. She placed 20th in the Sochi downhill and the next year, she made it to the World Cup podium
She reached the World Cup podium four times during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Yurkiw also won two gold medals at the 2008 Canadian National Championships in Super-G and downhill.
International Women’s Day was first held in 1911.
The breakfast is on behalf of The Women’s Centre Grey & Bruce, a non-profit charity that shelters and supports more than 100 women and 60 kids every year.