Jean Saubert, Olympic medalist, USA

Passing Date: 
Monday, May 14, 2007

Olympic Medalist Jean Saubert

BIGFORK, Mont. (May 15) - Two-time former Olympic medalist and six-time U.S. ski champion Jean Saubert died in 2007 of cancer. She was 65.

Saubert, who grew up skiing in the Cascades mountain range in Oregon, where her father was a forest ranger, saw her first Olympic Winter Games in 1960 when her parents took her to Squaw Valley, CA, to see the alpine races. She raced in the next Olympics - at Innsbruck, Austria in 1964 where she tied for the silver medal in giant slalom and earned the bronze in slalom.

She also won six U.S. ski championships in four disciplines. In 1964, she was the U.S. downhill, slalom, giant slalom and combined champion.

After retiring from racing in the pre-World Cup era, Saubert returned to Oregon and taught for more than three decades. She retired from teaching to live in Salt Lake City, where she was part of the Olympic Torch Relay and volunteered at the 2002 Olympics.

Bill Marolt, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association - and a 1964 Olympic teammate of Saubert, said he was saddened by her death. He considered her a good friend, who died too young. "She was a truly outstanding competitor," Marolt said.

"In recent years, she was one of the active competitors in our Return of the Champions [alumni event blending medalists with the current U.S. Ski Team]," he said. calling her "a great athlete and fan, who represented all the high values which USSA seeks to embody."

Diagnosed with breast cancer before the '02 Games, Saubert later moved to Bigfork to live with her sister Joan and brother-in-law. --U.S. Ski Tea

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