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Miggs Durrance, photographer

Miggs Durrance
Passing Date: November 12, 2002

Miggs Durrance Photographer covered the world By Dick Dorworth Margaret “Miggs” Jennings Durrance passed away peacefully in Carbondale, Colorado on Monday, November 11, 2002 at the age of 85. She had suffered from Mylar dysplasia for the past 10 years and was diagnosed with leukemia in August. She...

Real Charette, Snow Eagle Ski School, St. Jovite, Que.

Réal Charette,
Passing Date: October 24, 2002

Réal Charette was born in Ste. Agathe and began teaching at Gray Rocks at age 18. During World War II he was sent to Jasper, Alberta, to teach skiing to an alpine warfare unit. Returning to Gray Rocks in 1945, he became the first instructor to receive certification in Canada, and was named director...

Boots Blatt, ’48 Olympian, dead at 79

Boots Blatt
Passing Date: August 5, 2002

Boots Blatt, 79, dies of cancer WWII fighter pilot was member of '48 Olympic ski team John M. "Boots" Blatt, age 79, died at his home in Indio, CA on July 10th 2002, after a brave battle with cancer. Boots was born on May 14, 1923 in Hamburg, Germany, of naturalized American citizens, Robert Blatt...

Pete Seibert, Vail founder

Pete Seibert
Passing Date: July 17, 2002

Pete Seibert, Vail founder, dead at 77 Wednesday July 17, 2002 VAIL, Colo. (AP) - Peter W. Seibert, whose passion for skiing led him to launch what became the world-famous Vail mountain resort, has died at age 77. Seibert had been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus last year.He is credited with...

Pachita Ochoa, Olympic slalom champ

Paquito Ochoa
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1972 Olympic slalom champ  Francisco Fernandez “Paquito” Ochoa, 1972 Olympic slalom champion at Sapporo, died Nov. 6, 2006  after a long battle with cancer. He was 56. Ochoa, the only Spanish winter gold medalist, remained active in the Spanish Olympic movement, and his funeral, at his home town of...

Marc Hodler, longtime FIS president

Marc Hodler
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President of FIS from 1951 to 1998 For almost the entire last half of the 20th Century, a quiet-spoken Swiss lawyer and lover of the sport, Marc Hodler served as international skiing’s leader. A multi-linguist who could make a compelling speech in at least eight languages, Hodler was the President...

Barney McLean, Hall-of-Famer

Barney McLean
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Barney McLean, national champion in jumping and alpine Born July 13, 1917 in Lander, Wyoming, Robert Lloyd McLean grew up in Hot Sulphur Springs, Colo., and began ski jumping at age six. He won his first regional title at 13, on the 70-meter Ecker Hill jump near Salt Lake City. Mentored by Thor...

Maria Bogner and the stretch pant

Maria Bogner
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Maria Bogner introduces sex to skiing By Seth Masia It was fifty years ago. Maria Bogner spent the summer of 1952 figuring out how to cut the maddeningly stretchy new Helanca material to make sexy ski pants. Bogner was already an established skiwear brand with a reputation for quality and...

Paul Robbins, Ski racing journalist, US Ski Team publicist

Paul Robbins
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Ski racing journalist, US Ski Team publicist  - Internationally recognized ski and travel journalist Paul Robbins, a wordsmith and historian for the U.S. Ski Team for 30 years, died at his home in Vermont in February 2007. Robbins, whose wit, humor and vast knowledge was legendary, was 68.  Always...

Greg Athans, Freestyle champ

Greg Athans
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Champion waterskier, freestyler astonished ski world and dominated early World Cup circuit. Greg Athans, World Cup champion in moguls in 1980, four-time world champion in freestyle events, and 15-time Canadian national waterskiing champion, died  of complications due to diabetes. He was 51. Athans...

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