Former U.S. Ski Teamers reunite for Steadman-Hawkins Colorado Classic |

Former U.S. Ski Teamers reunite for Steadman-Hawkins Colorado Classic

Daily Staff Writer

Three of the most prolific ski racers in U.S. history will team up to help battle degenerative arthritis, August 14-16, as Phil and Steve Mahre return to the Vail Valley to join Cindy Nelson for the 2004 Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation’s Colorado Classic.The Mahre twins were a dominant one-two punch on the World Cup circuit from 1975 to 1984, accounting for a total of 36 career World Cup victories, along with a trio of consecutive overall World Cup titles for Phil. Arguably, one of the Mahres’ most memorable moments came during the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, as they captured gold and silver in the Olympic slalom in their final year of amateur competition.Nelson was a mainstay on the U.S. Women’s Alpine Team from 1971 to 1985, earning a bronze medal in downhill at the 1976 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria, while also claiming a World Championships downhill silver medal in 1982 in Schladming, Austria.”The Mahres and Nelson truly raised American ski racing to a different level on the international stage,” said John McMurtry, development director for the Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation and head women’s slalom and giant slalom coach for the U.S. Ski Team from 1981 to 1984. “Dr. Steadman had a profound impact on all three of their careers and now, millions of people, including Phil, Steve and Cindy, are benefiting from the research being done by the Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation.”A three-day culinary and athletic celebration, the Colorado Classic will include the Colorado Evening Winemaker Dinner on Saturday, August 14, at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, along with the Colorado Classic Golf Tournament, Monday, August 16, at the Sonnenalp Golf Club.All proceeds from the Steadman-Hawkins Colorado Classic will support the research that is developing new procedures and methodology to prevent and battle degenerative arthritis, a condition that afflicts one in three Americans.To request an invitation or additional information on the 2004 Colorado Classic, contact Rachele Palmer at the Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation at (970) 479-5809 or visit

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