Meet the Legends
Phil Mahre, with the help of twin brother Steve, put the United States squarely on the map of international ski competition in the 1970s and 80s, while redefining ski racing in America at the same time. His 27 World Cup career victories is the most by any American male racer. Mahre collected three consecutive overall World Cup titles from 1981-83.
Steve was a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team, retiring from the Team following the 1984 American Ski Classic races in Vail. During his illustrious career on the World Cup circuit, Steve collected a total of nine victories.
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Nelson represented the United States on four Olympic and World Championship teams. Highlights of her career include a bronze medal in the 1976 Olympic downhill in Innsbruck, Austria, and a silver medal in the 1982 World Championships downhill in Schladming, Austria.
He was awarded the distinguished Halva International Skiing Award in 1996 for his outstanding contribution to skiing. Inducted into the Colorado Skiing Hall of Fame in 1997.
Ortlieb carved his name in the Austrian skiing history books when he tamed the extremely technical “new course” in Val d’Isere, France, to claim the Olympic downhill gold medal at the 1992 Albertville Games.
A member of the Canadian National Team from 1984 to 1990, Percy-Lowe competed in a trio of World Championships, as well as the 1988 Calgary Olympics, where she captured bronze medals in both downhill and super-G.
One of the best technical downhill specialists in the history of the sport, Bernhard Russi’s influence continues to be felt today as he serves as the FIS downhill technical expert, while also designing Olympic and World Championships downhill courses, including Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey and the 2002 Olympic course in Snowbasin, Utah.
While teammates Billy Kidd and Jimmie Heuga were making U.S. men’s history in the 1964 Innsbruck Olympics, Saubert was doing her part on the women’s side, tying for silver in giant slalom and claiming the bronze in slalom.
The Sydney native rocketed into the international spotlight with her gold medal performance in slalom at the 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships in Vail.
One of the most prolific women’s racers to ever grace the U.S. Ski Team, Picabo Street had nine career World Cup victories, the 1995 and 1996 World Cup downhill discipline titles and a trio of World Championships medals to go along with her two Olympic medals, including the super-G gold at the 1998 Nagano Games.
A member of the Italian World Cup technical team from 1981-90, Marco Tonazzi’s top result came in the form of a runner-up giant slalom performance in 1986 in Adelboden, Switzerland.
Switzerland’s Walter Tresch joins the list of rookie Legends for the 2005 American Ski Classic. A veteran of the Swiss team, Tresch earned the silver medal in combined at the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo, Japan, while also collecting a career total of four World Cup wins, including a 1971 downhill victory in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and a trio of combined wins.
Winner of the 1983 Legends Giant Slalom and the 1988 Legends Downhill, Tschudi began his 17-year ski racing career as a member of the Norwegian national team in 1964 and represented his country at the 1968 Grenoble and 1972 Sapporo Olympics, in addition to the 1970 World Championships in Val Gardena.
A 14-year veteran of the World Cup wars, Sweden’s Pernilla Wiberg is one of only a handful of racers to have won World Cup events in all five disciplines (downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and combined). In fact, “Pila” ended her illustrious 13-year career with a total of 24 World Cup victories and the 1997 overall World Cup crystal globe. In the big events, Wiberg was equally stellar, winning a career total six World Championships medals, including the gold in combined and the silver in slalom in the Vail Valley’s 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships, as well as a trio of Olympic medals that included a giant slalom gold in Albertville.