Bob Beattie wins American Ski Classic Legend of Honor
The Vail Valley Foundation and event-title sponsor Countrywide are proud to honor American skiing great Bob Beattie as this year’s American Ski Classic Legend of Honor.
Beattie will receive his award alongside other industry heroes at the annual Legends of Skiing Banquet, presented by Ski Magazine.
Beattie’s skiing accomplishments earned him a prestigious spot in the National Ski Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 1986. He led the U.S. Ski Team as head alpine coach from 1961-1969 and clinched two NCAA National Championships as head coach of the University of Colorado Ski Team in 1959 and 1960.
Under Beattie’s tutelage, U.S. Ski Team members Jimmie Heuga and Billy Kidd were the first two American men to earn medals during the 1964 Olympics in the alpine skiing stronghold of Austria.
As the 1976, 1980 and 1984 face of Olympic skiing on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” Beattie successfully created a new generation of ski racing fanatics, many of whom will join him at the 2004 American Ski Classic.
In partnership with Ski Magazine and in conjunction with the Countrywide American Ski Classic, the Vail Valley Foundation chooses one recipient to be honored by their peers, celebrities and invited guests at the Legends of Skiing Banquet. Previous honorees include Italian Gustav Thoeni, Beattie’s own U.S. Ski Team protegees Jimmie Heuga and Billy Kidd and Austrian Toni Sailer.
For more information, or to become a participant in this festival of skiing visit http://www.vvf.org, or call 949-1999.