Sarge Brown, high schooler win ski honors
VAIL, Colorado William Sarge Brown, who managed Vail Mountain for decades and was known for the impeccable care he took of the slopes, received the lifetime achievement award from Colorado Ski Country USA. Also honored was Erika Ghent, a Ski and Snowboard Club Vail racer who won the Female All-Star Athlete of the Year award.Brown, a member of the 10th Mountain Division that trained at Camp Hale, managed Vail Mountain from 19966 to 1989. He was invited to Vail by founder Pete Seibert in 1966 after retiring from the Army. Brown also organized the first annual Junior Nationals, coached three Junior National Championship Teams, and was invited to participate in the 1948 Olympic Team, but could not compete due to injuries received in the line of duty. In 1952 he again missed participation on the Olympic Team because of injuries. Ghent was injured training this fall but recovered to pursue her dreams of making the U.S. Ski Team. These individuals dedication to the sport of skiing helped make Colorado the destination choice for more than 12 million guests this season, said Rob Perlman, President and CEO of CSCUSA. They have set the bar for Colorado and ski destinations around the world.
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