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2006 Pioneer Legends of Skiing Bios

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TERRY AHOLA

PAUL ACCOLA

Switzerland’s Accola was a fixture on the men’s World Cup tour for 17 years, beginning his run in 1988 and retiring from competition following the 2005 campaign. In 1992 he claimed seven wins en route to capturing the overall World Cup title.

TERRY AHOLA

Ahola spent three years on the U.S. National Team ” 1982-84 “and then turned his attention to professional racing. He was named Western Rookie of the Year in 1984.

IM “MOOSE” BARROWS

Moose Barrows was a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1965 through 1970 and represented the U.S. at the 1966 World Championships in Portillo, Chile, and the 1968 Grenoble Olympics. He was the 1969 North American downhill champion.

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BOB BEATTIE

Affectionately known as “The Coach,” he started his career at age 22. He went on to be named Head Alpine Coach for the United States Ski Team; and at the 1964 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, produced four medal winners, including the first two US men to receive medals, Billy Kidd and Jimmie Heuga.

FELIX BELCZYK

A seven-year World Cup veteran with the Canadians, Belczyk’s top career result came in the form of a third place podium appearance in the 1990 World Cup downhill in Are, Sweden. His final World Cup race start came in 1992 in Aspen in downhill.

FELIX BELCZYK

A seven-year World Cup veteran with the Canadians, Belczyk’s top career result came in the form of a third place podium appearance in the 1990 World Cup downhill in Are, Sweden. His final World Cup race start came in 1992 in Aspen in downhill.

TODD BROOKER

Cut from the same cloth as the original “Crazy Canucks,” Brooker carried on the tradition of world-class Canadian downhillers on the World Cup circuit from 1975 to 1987. During his time on the White Circus, Brooker recorded a total of four World

Cup downhill wins.

MIKE BROWN

One of the best ski racers ever produced by the Vail Valley, seven-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team Brown was the 1988 U.S. national super-G champion.

ARIANE EHRAT

A rookie legend for 2006, Ehrat was a member of the powerful Swiss speed team of the early and mid-’80s. A seven-year World Cup veteran, Ehrat tied for the silver medal in downhill at the 1985 World Championships in Bormio, Italy.

BARBARA FERRIES-HENDERSON

The better looking half of a dynamic brother-sister ski racing team (brother is Chuck Ferries), Barbara was a member of the 1962 World Championships team in Chamonix, France and brought home a bronze medal in downhill. She was also a member of the 1964 Olympic Team to the Innsbruck Games.

JAKE FIALA

Born in Prague, Czech Republic, Fiala made an immediate impact on the Legends field last year, winning the Giant Slalom after having announced his retirement from the U.S. Ski Team in February. A Battle Mountain High School alum, Jake’s career best World Cup result also came in the Vail Valley with a 13th place finish

in the 2003 Birds of Prey downhill.

CHAD FLEISCHER

A 10-year member of the U.S. Ski Team, the two-time Olympian captured the 1996 and 1999 U.S. national downhill titles and earned the runner-up position in downhill at the 1999 World Cup Finals.

PAM FLETCHER

In 1986, “Fletch” came out of the 30th start position to capture the World Cup downhill in Beaver Creek. She was a member of the 1987 and 1989 World Championship teams, as well as the 1988 U.S. Olympic squad.

TORIL FORLAND

Norway’s Forland was the bronze medalist in the 1972 Sapporo Olympic Combined at the age of 17. That same year, she competed at the World Junior Championships where she won a gold medal in the giant slalom and silver in the slalom. She went on to become the dominant figure for women’s professional racing in the late ’70s and early ’80s.

MICHAELA GERG-LEITNER

Germany’s Gerg-Leitner was a fixture on the World Cup circuit from her coming out party in 1981 until her retirement in 1996. During her 15-year career, Gerg recorded four World Cup career victories.

MARC GIRARDELLI

Luxembourg’s Girardelli ranks fourth in career World Cup victories with 46. An 18-year veteran, Girardelli began his World Cup career in 1980, picking up his first victory in a Slalom in Gallivare, Sweden in 1983. He went on to earn a total of 11 (four gold, four silver and three bronze) World Championship and two Olympic silver medals throughout his career.

DAVE GORSUCH

A Vail resident since 1965, Gorsuch was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1957 to 1964, and represented the United States in the 1960 Olympic Winter Games of Squaw Valley and the 1958 World Championships in Bad Gastein, Austria.

LAURIE GRAHAM

Graham was a member of the Canadian National Team from 1979-1988. With a pair of skis named “Speedy” that saw numerous cosmetic makeovers but still remained her favorites,

Graham collected six World Cup

downhill victories.

EDVIN HALSNES

The middle Halsnes, Edvin joined the pro ranks in 1981. He wrapped up the 1984 Peugeot Grand Prix West overall title and two years later, fueled by six wins, claimed the overall Peugeot crown.

STEIN HALSNES

Stein was part of the Halsnes troika that literally owned the professional ski racing circuit in the 1980s.

LASSE HAMRE

Hamre was a member of the Norwegian National Team from 1962-1971, racking up a trio of Norwegian National titles during his amateur career. Hamre was a member of Norway’s 1968 Olympic Team in Grenoble, while also earning a spot on the 1970 World Championships team in Val Gardena, Italy.

SCOTT HENDERSON

A member of the Canadian national team from 1962-1969, Henderson competed in both the 1964 Innsbruck and 1968 Grenoble Olympic Winter Games, as well as the 1966 World Championships in Portillo, Chile.

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