Kaitlyn Farrington – 2014
A valley native, Kaitlyn Brooke Farrington (born December 18, 1989) joined the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation in 2004 and with hard work and dedication her snowboarding skills in the halfpipe developed at a rapid rate, and resulted in being named to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team a mere four years later. A decade after switching from skiing to snowboarding, Kaitlyn was an Olympic Gold medalist, winning in the women’s snowboard halfpipe in the 2014 Winter Games at Sochi, Russia. As is tradition with Sun Valley’s winter Olympians, Far Out Bowl on Bald Mountain was renamed “Kaitlyn’s Bowl” in her honor and she also received a lifetime lift pass from Sun Valley Company.
- 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist, women’s snowboard halfpipe competition at Sochi, Russia
- 2012 U.S. Grand Prix overall champion
- 2012 Dew Tour Breckenridge, gold medalist
- 2011 X Games Aspen, silver medalist
- 2010 European X Games, gold medalist
- 2010 Dew Tour, overall champion
- 2008 Junior World Championships, silver medalist
Jake Adicoff – 2014
Jake Adicoff (born May 6, 1995) joined the SVSEF Cross Country Team as a second grader in 2003 and the Alpine Team a year later. Legally blind after suffering chicken pox in utero, Jake nonetheless took up every sport including soccer and baseball with enthusiasm and aplomb. In 2006 he became a fulltime cross country skier, qualifying and competing in Junior National Championships 2011 and 2013 against an “able-bodied” field. He was named to the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Cross Country Team and Jake and sight guide Reid Pletcher, fellow SVSEF alum, turned in a top result of sixth place in the men’s 20k skate. A current member of the U.S. Paralympic Team, Jake is a sophomore at Bowdoin College in Maine.
- 2014: Paralympic Winter Games, 6th 20km, 7th 10km, 8th 1km sprint, 14th 7.5km biathlon, 6th 4×2.5km mixed relay (with Tatyana McFadden); U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Champion
- 2013: World Cup Canmore, 7th 10km
- 2012: USSA Cross-Country Junior National Qualifiers, 3rd 15km; USSA Cross-Country Junior National Championships competitor
Jasmine Campbell – 2014
Jasmine Campbell (born August 11, 1991) is an alpine skier born in the Virgin Islands. When Campbell was nine she moved from the Virgin Islands to Hailey, Idaho, and joined the SVSEF Alpine B Team in 2005. A member of SVSEF through 2013-14 as a post-graduate racer, Campbell followed in her father John Campbell’s footsteps, representing the U.S Virgin Islands at the Winter Games. As the first Winter Olympian since 1988, Jazz carried the Virgin Islands’ flag in the Opening Ceremonies.
- 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi, Russia: 43rd place women’s slalom; 56th place women’s giant slalom
- 2013 FIS Race, Beidahu, China: 2nd and 3rd women’s giant slalom
- 2013 FIS Race, Beidahu, China: 4th twice women’s slalom
Simi Hamilton – 2010, 2014
Simeon “Simi” Hamilton (born May 14, 1987) is a member of the U.S. Cross Country A Team. Hamilton three-time NCAA All American at Middlebury College. In the 2010 Winter Olympics as a member of the SVSEF Gold and U.S. teams, Hamilton competed in the 15k freestyle, 1.5k classic sprint, and 4x10k relay races. He paced all Americans in the field in the 1.5 kilometer sprint by advancing to the medal rounds and finishing 29th of 96 competitors. In December 2013, Hamilton a 1.5k sprint final at the 2014 Oberhof Tour de Ski in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. In doing so, he became the first American male to win a World Cup race since four-time Olympian Bill Koch in 1983.
- 2015 U.S. Super Tour, 2nd 1k freestyle
- 2014 Olympic Winter Games, 6th in men’s team sprint classic, 11th in men’s 4x10k relay
- 2010 Olympic Winter Games, 13th in men’s 4x10k relay, 29th in men’s sprint, 64th in men’s 15k
- 2012 U.S. Super Tour, 1st 1k Classic, 1st 3k freestyle
- 2011 New Zealand Cup, 1st 1k freestyle
Morgan Arritola – 2010
Morgan Arritola (born May 13, 1986) took up the sport of cross country skiing at age 16 and you could say she was a natural as she toed the line in the 2010 Olympic Games a mere seven years later. Morgan posted three Super Tour victories with five podium finishes and eight top-three finishes at U.S. National Championships. Morgan is now a world-renown cross country runner with several international and national titles to her credit. When she is back in town she helps out at a coach with the SVSEF Nordic Team.
- 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Vancouver, 10k Freestyle, 34th place; 15k Pursuit, 38th place
- 2009 World Championships, Liberac, 10K classic 40th place, 15k pursuit 32nd place, 4×5 relay 14th place, 30k freestyle 22nd place
- 2009 U.S. National Championships, Fairbanks, 30k classic, 2nd place
- 2008 U.S. National Championships, Fairbanks, 30k classic 2nd, 15k pursuit 2nd place
- 2007 World Cup, Davos, 4×5 relay, 11th place
- 2006 Engadin Ski Marathon, St. Moritz, 11th place
Graham Watanabe – 2006, 10
Graham Watanabe (born March 19, 1982) joined the SVSEF as a youngster and rode the wave of snowboarding from “alpine snowboard” events to boardercross. Watanabe became the first American to win a World Cup snowboard cross in Valle Nevado, Chile. Graham recorded 17 top-10 World Cup finishes between 2004 and 2010. A versatile athlete, Graham also won back-to-back state soccer titles with Wood River High School in 1998 and 1999.
- 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Canada , men’s snowboardcross, 18th place
- 2006 Olympic Winter Games, Italy, men’s snowboardcross, 31st place
- 2009 World Cup, Maine, men’s boardercross, 1st place
- 2009 X Games silver medalist, Aspen
- 2008 World Cup, Japan, men’s snowboardcross, 1st place
- 2005: World Cup, Valle Nevado, Chile, men’s snowboardcross, 1st place
- 2004 South American Cup , Chile, men’s snowboardcross, 1st place
Aprilia Hagglof – 2006
Originally from Sweden, Aprilia Hagglof grew up in the United States where she learned to snowboard on the SVSEF Snowboard Team while in grade school at Hemingway Elementary. A state champion tennis player at Wood River High School, Aprilia joined the Swedish National Snowboard Team after high school graduation and was a five-time national silver medalist and one-time bronze medalist. She won a World Cup parallel slalom at Sierra Nevada, Spain, in 2005. Aprilia posted 14 top-10 World Cup finishes.
- 2006 Olympic Winter Games, Bardonecchia, women’s parallel giant slalom, 16th place
- 2005 World Cup, Sierra Nevada, parallel slalom, 1st place
- 2002 World Cup, Stoneham, parallel giant slalom, 2nd place
- 2003 Junior World Championships, Italy, parallel giant slalom, 2nd place
Chris Cook – 2006
Chris Cook is an U.S. cross-country sprint champion who made his first Olympic appearance February 2006 in Torino. Cook, a native of Rhinelander, Wis., graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2003 where he was a NCAA champion. Cook medaled seven times at U.S. National Championship events, including gold medals in 2006 and 2009.
- 2006 Winter Olympics, Italy, team sprint, 13th place; 1.4k sprint, 21st place
- 2007 World Cup, Davos, team relay, 11th place
- 2007 World Cup, Otepaeae, classic sprint, 14th place
2005 World Cup, Vernon, B.C., 1.2k classic sprint, 12th place
Lars Flora – 2002, 2006
Lars Flora (born January 6, 1978) originally from Portland, Oregon, is a two-time Olympian and executive director and founder of NANANordic, a program designed to teach native Alaskans to ski. Recently, Flora received accolades from President Obama, FIS and IOC for his efforts to encourage youth to be more active. Flora was one of three U.S. representatives chosen to participate in the International Olympic Academy (IOA) in Athens and Olympia, Greece, in 2013. During his career, Lars was part of four World Championship teams, recorded seven Super Tour titles and nearly 20 podium finishes and four NorAm victories.
- 2006 Winter Olympics, Italy, Men’s 4×10 relay, 12th place, 30km skiathlon, 48th place
- 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City, men’s sprint, 36th place
- 2005 Canadian World Cup in Canmore: 21st in classic team sprint
- 2004 U.S. National Championships, Rumford: 1st in 50km classic, 50th place, 30km classic, 2nd place
- 2008 US National Championships, Houghton, 1km F sprint, 6th place
2006 U.S. Super Tour, West Yellowstone, 25k classic, 1st place
Muffy Davis – 1998, 02, 12
Muffy Davis was born in Sun Valley, Idaho, on December 1, 1972. After suffering a spinal injury on Bald Mountain, Davis did not lose sight of her alpine ambitions and dreams. Davis won medals in both the 1998 and 2002 Winter Paralympic Games. A 1995 graduate from Stanford University, Muffy was inducted in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2011. Muffy’s Medals on Bald Mountain is named in honor of Davis. A versatile athlete, Muffy has won three Paralympic gold medals in hand cycling and has her sights on defending her medals in the 2016 Rio Paralympics Games.
- 2012 Paralympic Games, gold (team relay, individual time trial, individual road race)
- 2002 Paralympic Winter Games, silver (downhill, super G, giant slalom)
- 2002 Captures all four overall World Cup Championships in mono-skiing
- 2001 Overall World Cup Championship in mono-skiing
- 1998 Paralympic Winter Games, bronze (slalom)
Ntala Skinner – 1998
Ntala Skinner was born February 22, 1973 in Sun Valley. Raised in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming, Ntala returned to the valley to join the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation and attend Wood River High School. A three-time national champion, Ntala competed in all three women’s biathlon events at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games. She was inducted into the Sun Valley Ski Hall of Fame in 2012.
- 1998 Olympic Games, Nagano: Women’s 4 x 7.5 km Relay, Rank 15, 15k 61st
- 1994 Olympic Games, Lillehammer, Norway
- World Cup bronze medalist
Sondra Van Ert – 1998, 2002
Born in Iowa, Sondra Van Ert (born March 9, 1964) left the flatlands far behind. She made the switch from alpine skiing to snowboarding and was a member of the very first U.S. Snowboarding Team. Sondra captured eight World Cup titles and 29 podium finishes in disciplines ranging from giant slalom to super G to snowboardcross. She is also a three-time U.S. National Champion.
- 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City: Women’s parallel giant slalom, 17th place
- 1999 World Snowboard Championships, Germany, bronze medalist giant slalom
- 1998 Winter Olympics, Nagano: Women’s giant slalom, 12th place
- 1997 World Snowboard Championships, Italy, gold medalist giant slalom
1996 World Championships, Austria, two-time bronze medalist
Picabo Street – 1994, 1998, 02
Picabo Street (born April 3, 1971) is a valley native and the first American woman to win back-to-back World Cup downhill season titles and the first American to ever win a World Cup season speed title. “Peek” posted 17 World Cup podiums with nine victories – all the wins in downhill. Street joined the U.S. Alpine Team in 1989 and was an Olympic Silver medalist five years later. She is a member of both the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame. You can ski on Picabo’s Street on Baldy and drive on it at the bottom of the hill.
- 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City, women’s downhill 16th
- 1998 Winter Olympics, Nagano, gold medalist women’s super G; 6th women’s downhill
- 1994 Winter Olympics, Kvittfjell, silver medalist women’s downhill
- Won World Cupdownhill season championships in 1995 and1996
Two-time U.S. National Champion
Megan Gerety – 1994
Megan Gerety (born October 14, 1971) arrived on the World Cup racing scene in March 1991, finishing fifth in her first race, a downhill at Vail, Colorado. A specialist in the speed events, she competed in the 1994 Winter Olympics, but injuries kept her off the 1998 and 2002 teams. From 1991 to 2001, Megan compiled 16 top-10 World Cup finishes coming in fifth five times and nine top-three finishes in U.S. National Championship races.
- 1994 Winter Olympics, Kvittfjell, women’s downhill, 20th place
- 2001 FIS World Ski Championships, St. Anton, women’s downhill, 4th place
- 1995 U.S. National Championships, Snowbasin, women’s downhill, 1st place
Reggie Crist – 1992
Reggie Crist (born July 12, 1968) is SVSEF alumni who competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics. After 10 years as a member of the U.S. Ski Team where he posted five top-30 World Cup results, Crist helped pioneer the sport of skiercross which is now an Olympic sport. He became the first two-time X-Games champion in 2002 and 2005 (with brother Zach the silver medalist in 2005). A world-renown big mountain skier, guide and film fixture, Reggie lives in Ketchum with his wife and two daughters.
- 1992 Winter Olympics, Val d’Isere, men’s downhill, 28th place
- 1995 U.S. National Championships, Snowbasin, men’s downhill, 6th place
- 1996 U.S. National Championship, Sugarloaf, men’s downhill, 8th place
- 1996 Nor-Am Cup, Crested Butte, men’s downhill, 1st place
- 1995 Nor-Am Cup, Whitefish, men’s downhill, 2nd place
Maria Maricich – 1984
Maria Maricich (born March 30, 1961), originally from Sun Valley, Idaho, skied for the United States on the World Cup circuit from 1979 through 1984, retiring from major international competition after the 1984 Winter Olympics. She was a power skier, earning a World Cup podium, second in downhill at Megève, France, in January 1983, and posting one other top 10 in a downhill. She had five top-15 World Cup results. Maria is the mother of a current SVSEF athlete and runs a thriving wellness practice in Ketchum.
- 1984 Winter Olympics, Yugoslavia, women’s downhill, 19th place
- 1983 World Cup, Megeve, women’s downhill, 2nd place
- 1984 World Cup, Megeve, women’s downhill, 9th place
Christin Cooper – 1980, 1984
Christin Cooper (born October 10, 1959) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist from the U.S. Born in Los Angeles, California, she was raised in Ketchum, Idaho, as one of five Cooper kids and learned to ski and race as a member of the SVSEF. Cooper completed her racing career at age 24 with seven World Cup victories, 26 podiums, and 65 top tens. Christin’s Silver on Bald Mountain’s Seattle Ridge is named in honor of her Olympic finish. Christin has forged a career as a top ski analyst for NBC Sports.
- 1984 Winter Olympics, Sarajevo: Silver Medalist in Giant Slalom
- 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, giant slalom, 7th place, slalom, 8th place
- 1984 World Cup Lake Placid, giant slalom, 1st place
- 1982 World Championships, Schladming, slalom 2nd place, giant slalom 2nd place, combined 3rd place
Pete Patterson – 1976, 1980
Originally from Sun Valley, Idaho, James Peter “Pete” Patterson (born January 4, 1957) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympian. Patterson was a junior alpine racer with the SVSEF in 1973 but competed at the 1974 junior nationals in cross country. He settled on alpine racing in 1975, making the Can Am Team. After his ski career ended, Patterson returned to his native Ketchum and Sun Valley, Idaho. He began a career as a mountain guide with Sawtooth Mountain Guides and worked for Sun Valley Heli-Ski. Pete and his wife, Kim, operate Mountain Spirits, a travel company that specializes in heli-skiing and trekking in Nepal.
- 1980 Winter Olympian, Lake Placid, men’s downhill 5th place
- 1978 World Championships, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, combined 3rd place, giant slalom, 8th place
- 1976 Winter Olympics, Innsbruck, men’s downhill, 14th place
- 1976 World Cup, Kitzbuehel, combined, 5th place
Susie Patterson – 1976
A Sun Valley native, Susie Patterson (born October 11, 1955) started on the United States National B Team in 1971 but soon moved up to the A Team. She skied at the 1974 World Championships for the U.S. Her best season was 1975 when she won an international slalom race in Stevens Pass, Washington, and placed third in slalom at the U.S. National Championships. She recorded six top-10 finishes in World Cup races. She currently resides in Ketchum.
- 1976 Winter Olympics, Innsbruck, women’s downhill, 14th place
- 1976 World Cup, Bad Gastein, women’s downhill, 6th place
- 1974 World Cup, Bad Gastein, women’s slalom, 7th place
Susie Corrock – 1972
Susan Corrock Luby (born November 30, 1951) is a two-time national champion and an Olympic bronze medal winner. Born in Seattle, Washington, Corrock skied as a youth and later trained in Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho. She made her World Cup debut in January 1970 at the age of 18. In 1970 she won the U.S. National title in giant slalom and turned in excellent results on the World Cup circuit. She finished third in the Olympic downhill in Japan in 1972 and then continued to score well in World Cup events throughout the remainder of that season. In 1973, she won the national championship title in the combined and then turned pro. She was the World Professional Combined Champion in 1975. Talented in all three disciplines, Corrock had 16 top ten finishes in World Cup competition: eight in downhill, six in slalom and two in giant slalom.
- 1972 Winter Olympics, Sapporo, Bronze medal in women’s downhill, slalom, 9th place
- 1972 World Cup, Crystal Mountain, women’s downhill 5th place, downhill 8th place
- 1971 World Cup, Sestriere, women’s slalom, 5th place
Gretchen Fraser – 1948
Gretchen Fraser (February 11, 1919 – February 17, 1994) was the first American to win an Olympic Gold medal in skiing. Fraser was born in Tacoma, Washington, and under the tutelage of Otto Lang she qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in 1940, but those Games were canceled because of World War II. By the time the Olympic Games were revived in 1948, Fraser was 28. Competing in slalom, she recorded the fastest time of the first run. As she prepared to lead off the second round, a problem developed in the telephone timing system between the top and the bottom of the hill. Despite a 17-minute delay at such a critical time, Fraser skied the second fastest time of the run and earned the gold medal. She also captured the silver medal in alpine combined. Gretchen and her husband, Don, happily remained in Sun Valley throughout their lives. Her Olympic medals are on display at the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.
- 1948 Olympic Highlights: Gold Medal, Slalom; Silver Medal, Combined