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Gretchen Kunigk Fraser
She blazed a trail by becoming the first United States skier
to win an Olympic Gold Medal in the 1948 Games, then further distinguised
herself as a member of the advisory staff for the 1952 team, which also was
rewarded with Gold Medal treatment. A Tacoma native.
One of the world's
foremost competitive skiers, he along with his twin brother Steve, set
national, world and Olympic records. Named U.S. skier of the year five
times, International skier of the year three times, World Cup overall
champion 1981-83, Slalom Gold Medalist 1984 Sarajevo Olympics, member of the
Olympics Hall of Fames, Two time World Slalom pro champion.
Ranked as one of the world's great competitive skiers, he
along with his twin brother Phil, set numerous skiing records worldwide.
Named to the U.S. ski team 10 straight years, Two-time U.S. National slalom
champion, Silver medalist 1984 Sarajevo Olympics, Gold medalist Giant slalom
World Championships, plus third place in 1982 World Cup competition.
A gift from Norway,
the country he represented in the 1932 Winter Olympics as a ski-jumper, he
emigrated to the United States in 1938. He had lost none of his technique on
the slats and won national meets in 1943 and 1946, then captured the Spokane
National Class A in 1954.
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