2013 Korbel American Ski Classic Legends

2011 ASC Terryahola
TERRY AHOLA

A member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1980-83, the Ski Club Vail alumnus made Vail his home base while competing on the U.S. Pro Tour until 1986, being named Rookie of the Year in 1984.  He currently resides in his hometown of Gladstone, Michigan and serves as A&R for Banshee Music.  He was inducted into the Upper Penninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

2012 Asc Killianalbrecht
KILLIAN ALBRECHT

Killian was born in Austria and has represented both Austria and Bulgaria on the FIS World Cup Tour and at the Winter Olympic Games.  His two podium appearances on the World Cup came in the form of a pair of runner-up slalom performances in Kitzbuhel in 2000 and Sestriere in 2002.  He just missed the medals at the 2002 Salt Lake Games with a fourth place showing in the Olympic slalom.

2011 ASC Moosebarrows
JIM "MOOSE' BARROWS

Moose Barrows was a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1965 through 1970 and represented the U.S. at the 1966 World Championships in Portillo, Chile, and the 1968 Grenoble Olympics. Primarily a downhiller, Barrows was third in a World Cup Downhill at Franconia, New Hampshire in 1967 and was the 1969 North American Downhill champion.

Todd Brooker
TODD BROOKER

Cut from the same cloth as the original “Crazy Canucks”, Todd Brooker carried on the tradition of world-class Canadian downhillers on the World Cup circuit from 1975 to 1987.  During his time on the White Circus, Brooker recorded a total of four World Cup downhill wins, one on the famed Hahnenkamm course in Kitzbuhel, Austria, and another on America’s Downhill in Aspen.  These days, Brooker still follows the World Cup circuit as an expert television commentator.

2012 Asc Brendabuglione     
BRENDA BUGLIONE

A four-time NCAA All American skier for the University of Colorado, Brenda Buglione spent four years with the U.S. Ski Team from 1980-83 as a technical racer, representing the U.S. at the World University Games in 1985.  She turned her attention to the Women’s Pro Tour from 1987 through 1993 and currently serves as host of Snow Motion, a ski magazine show on Fox Sports.

Haans
HANS PETTER BURAAS

A rookie Legend in 2014, Norway’s Hans Petter Buraas spent ten years on the World Cup circuit, his best season coming during the 97-98 campaign when he finished 19th in the Overall rankings.  That same winter, he would vault into the international spotlight, winning the Slalom gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, while also recording four World Cup podium appearances, all accentuated with hair dyed flame red.  His lone World Cup win also came in Slalom, capturing the 2000 night race in Sestriere, Italy.  Buraas retired from competition following the 2007 World Championships in Are, Sweden

Paul Carson
PAUL CARSON

Carson spent four years as a member of the Canadian national team, which included earning a berth on the squad sent to the 1972 Sapporo Olympics, although he did not compete.  He was the 1973 Canadian slalom champion and later moved on to the professional ranks where he competed for eight years.  Following his retirement from racing, Carson ventured into the media ranks as a television commentator.

 

2011 ASC Barbaraferrieshenderson
BARBARA FERRIES-HENDERSON 

Barbara was a member of the 1962 World Championships team in Chamonix, France and brought home a bronze medal in Downhill. She was also a member of the 1964 Olympic Team to the Innsbruck Games. But perhaps her best year came in 1961 when she won the Harriman Cup in Sun Valley, Idaho, as well as claiming double wins in the Aspen Roch Cup at the age of 17.  

2011 ASC Hollyflanders
HOLLY FLANDERS 

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team, Flanders was a member of both the 1980 and the 1984 Olympic teams in Lake Placid and Sarajevo, as well as the 1982 and 1985 World Championship teams in Schladming, Austria and Bormio, Italy. Perhaps her best season came in 1982 when she recorded a pair of World Cup Downhill victories and led the Downhill standings up to the final race of the season before dropping to second.

2011 ASC Chadflischer
CHAD FLEISCHER 

A ten-year member of the U.S. Ski Team, Fleischer hails from that hotbed of ski racing… Nebraska. A two-time Olympian, Fleischer captured the 1996 and 1999 U.S. national Downhill titles and earned the runner-up position in Downhill at the 1999 World Cup Finals. One of his most memorable career highlights came in his own backyard in the form of a sixth place showing in Super-G at the 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships on Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey course.

2011 ASC Pamfletcher
PAM FLETCHER

Without a doubt, “Fletch” has some very fond memories of Vail and the American Ski Classic. In 1986, she came out of the 30th start position to capture the World Cup Downhill. Pam was on her way to a second victory the next day in Super-G when she hooked a tip three gates from the finish.

2011 ASC Torilforland
TORIL FORLAND

In the heyday of women’s professional racing, the late 70s and early 80s, Norway’s Toril Forland was the sport’s dominant figure. She won five overall pro titles, including four consecutive ones from 1981–84. 

2011 ASC Martinafortkord
MARTINA FORTKORD

A six-year World Cup veteran with the Swedish team from 1994 to 1999, Fortkord’s top result came in the form of a podium third place Giant Slalom showing in the opening World Cup race of the 1997–98 season on the glacier in Tignes, France.

 Ole
OLE-KRISTIAN FURUSETH

During the course of his 16-year career, Norway’s Ole-Kristian Furuseth stood atop the victory podium nine times, with 6 Slalom wins and 3 Giant Slalom victories.  His best season on the World Cup came during the 1989-90 campaign when he finished second in the Overall standings, winning the Giant Slalom season-long discipline title.  A year earlier, Furuseth captured the silver medal in Slalom at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, while claiming a bronze medal in Slalom at the 1991 World Championships in Saalbach. 

Michaela
MICHAELA GERG

Germany’s Michaela Gerg was a fixture on the World Cup circuit from her coming out party in 1981 until her retirement in 1996.  During her 15-year career, Gerg recorded four World Cup career victories, the most recent coming in the form of a 1995 downhill win in Cortina, Italy.  Her best season on the circuit came in 1990 when she finished third in the overall standings by virtue of runner-up rankings in Super-G and combined, and a third place in the season-long downhill standings.  Michaela also has good memories of Vail, picking up the bronze medal in Super-G at the 1989 World Championships, while also making an American Ski Classic podium appearance in 1989 with a third place Super-G result.  A veteran of three Olympic Winter Games and four World Championship teams, Gerg contemplated retirement after the 1992 season, but elected to continue racing through 1996.

2012 Asc Marcgirardelli

MARC GIRARDELLI

One of the greatest four-event skiers of all times, Luxembourg’s Marc Girardelli ranks fourth in career World Cup victories with 46, trailing only Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark, Austria’s Hermann Maier and Italy’s Alberto Tomba.  Although born in Austria, Girardelli switched federations when he was twelve years old when his father Helmut decided that he was not getting the proper attention from the Austrian team. From a World Cup standpoint, he won the season-long overall title a record five times, unmatched on the men’s tour, with only the legendary Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell recording six career overall crowns.

Laurie
LAURIE GRAHAM

The "Crazy Canucks" of the 1970s spawned a downhill frenzy in Canada that wasn't only confined to the men's ranks.  Graham was one of the many successful Canadian ladies that followed in the footsteps of their male counterparts as a stalwart member of the Canadian National Team from 1979-88.  With a pair of skis named "Speedy" that saw numerous cosmetic makeovers but still remained her favorites, Graham collected six World Cup downhill victories.  At the 1982 World Championships in Schladming, Austria, Graham took the bronze medal in downhill.  She was a four-time Canadian national champion in both downhill and Super-G before her retirement at the end of the 1987-88 season.  

Edvin
EDVIN HALSNES

The middle Halsnes, Edvin joined the pro ranks in 1981.  He wrapped up the 1984 Peugeot Grand Prix West overall title and two years later, fueled by six wins, claimed the overall Peugeot crown.  Moving to the U.S. Pro Tour in 1987, Edvin posted a runner-up showing in the overall standings, with four victories, while also claiming a slalom win that winter at the World Pro Championships.

2012 Asc Jarlehalsnes
JARLE HALSNES

A native of Sauda, Norway, Jarle dominated professional skiing in the 80’s, claiming 27 career victories and a trio of overall titles in 1984, 1985 and 1987. Prior to turning pro, Jarle skied for the Norwegian National Team at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid.

 2012 Asc Steinhalsnes

STEIN HALSNES

Stein was part of the Halsnes troika that literally owned the professional ski racing circuit in the 1980s.  In 1984, Stein finished sixth in the overall Peugeot Grand Prix standings and was 10th in the 1985 rankings with one victory that season.

2011 ASC Scotthenderson
SCOTT HENDERSON

A member of the Canadian national team from 1962–69, Henderson competed in both the 1964 Innsbruck and 1968 Grenoble Olympic Winter Games, as well as the 1966 World Championships in Portillo, Chile. He was a Europa Cup winner in Downhill, Slalom and Giant Slalom. Following his days as a competitor, Henderson coached the infamous “Crazy Canucks” men’s downhill team for Canada.

Patrik
PATRIK JAERBYN

Jaerbyn collected a pair of World Championship medals with a silver in Super-G at the 1996 Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain and a downhill bronze in 2007 in Are, Sweden.  The 2007 podium appearance marked him as the oldest racer to ever win a World Championships medal at 38 years old.  A native of Malsryd, Sweden, Patrik recorded a trio of World Cup podium appearances during the course of his 18-year career, all three coming in Super-G.  He currently resides in Edwards, Colorado.

Finn
FINN CHRISTIAN JAGGE 

A 15-year veteran of the World Cup circuit, Norway’s Jagge recorded a total of seven career World Cup wins, while also collecting an Olympic gold medal for his slalom victory at the 1992 Albertville Games.

 2011 ASC Billykidd
BILLY KIDD

One of the more prominent U.S. Ski Team members from the 1960s and 70s, Kidd made the “Stars and Stripes” look popular with his red, white and blue “Captain America” sweater and Downhill helmet. He was the first U.S. male to win an Olympic medal, the silver in Slalom at the 1964 Innsbruck Games. In 1970, he became the first American male to claim a World Championships medal with a gold in the Combined in Val Gardena, Italy.

Marina
MARINA KIEHL

Kiehl claimed two World Cup victories in Vail, both Super-Gs, in 1986 and 1987.  She culminated her amateur career in 1988 at the Calgary Olympics with a gold medal in downhill.  During her World Cup career, she was the giant slalom co-champion in 1985 and the Super-G champion in 1986.  Before advancing to the World Cup circuit, Kiehl was a gold medallist in downhill at the 1983 World Junior Championships and in 1987, she was the German national downhill champion.

 2011 ASC Lisikirchlerriml 
ELISABETH "LISI" KIRCHER

During her career, Kirchler was known as one of the most congenial members of World Cup racing. A member of the 1984 and 1988 Austrian Olympic Teams, she took the silver medal in Giant Slalom at the 1985 World Championships in Bormio, Italy.

2011 ASC Franzklammer
FRANZ KLAMMER

In one run of the 1976 Innsbruck Olympic Winter Games, Franz Klammer romanticized the sport of downhill skiing for millions of viewers as he sped to victory from the 15th start position. “The Kaiser” accumulated 25 World Cup Downhill victories, including a four-year span from 1974–77 when he won 19 of the 33 downhills contested, with a nine-win streak at one point. 

Doug
DOUG LEWIS

Named to the U.S. Ski Team in 1981, “Lewie” represented the U.S. at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and the 1988 Games in Calgary, but his greatest moment came in 1985 at the World Championships in Bormio, Italy, where he captured the bronze medal in Downhill.  During his seven-year Ski Team tenure, Lewis also collected a pair of U.S. National Downhill titles in 1986 and 1987.  While his World Cup racing days were over, he had the honor of winning the inaugural Jeep King of the Mountain Downhill race against eleven other Olympic and World Championships medalists.

Hilary
HILARY LINDH

Named to the U.S. Ski Team when she was just 14, Alaska’s Hilary Lindh captured the World Junior Downhill title in 1986, while also collecting a U.S. National title just three weeks later.  Hilary mined silver in Downhill at the 1992 Games in Albertville, while also collecting a Downhill World Championships gold medal in 1997 in Sestriere and a bronze in Downhill at the 1996 World Championships.  During her 11-year World Cup career, Lindh recorded a trio of Downhill wins, including a victory in Vail in 1994.  

2011 ASC Philmahre
PHIL MAHRE 

Phil’s 27 World Cup career victories now stands as the second highest for an American male racer, while his trio of consecutive overall World Cup titles in 1981, 82 and 83, were finally matched by Lindsey Vonn in 2010. Few will forget the one-two punch that Phil and Steve delivered in the 1984 Olympic Slalom in Sarajevo, with Phil winning the gold and Steve taking home the silver.

 2011 ASC Stevemahre
STEVE MAHRE

During his illustrious career on the World Cup circuit, Steve collected a total of nine victories, including a pair of historic Slalom wins in 1982 as Phil claimed the runner-up spot in both. That same season, Steve also captured the gold medal in Giant Slalom at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria, marking the first World Championships gold medal for an American male in an individual event. He rounded out his career with a silver medal in Slalom at the 1984 Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo.

Mair
MICHAEL MAIR

An 11-year World Cup veteran for the Italy’s “Squadra Azzura”, Mair collected a total of three career victories, including a 1982 Super-G win in Madonna di Campiglio, along with Downhill wins in Val d’Isere (1985) and Leukerbad, Switzerland (1988).  Prior to his retirement in 1992, “Mook” ascended the World Cup podium 16 times, claiming 7 runner-up performances, including second step Downhill showings in Aspen in 1983 and Kitzbuhel in 1989.  He finished 10th in Downhill at the 1982 World Championships in Schladming, Austria.  Currently, Mair serves as Coach for the Italian Women’s World Cup squad.

Annemarie
ANNEMARIE MOSER-PROELL

The most successful female alpine ski racer in history, Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell dominated her competition during the 1970s, winning six Overall World Cup titles, including five consecutive season-long crowns from 1971-75.  During the course of her 12-year World Cup career, Moser-Pröll amassed a record 62 individual World Cup career victories, more than any other female winter sports athlete. In addition, she accounted for six World Championship medals, four of them gold, along with a trio of Olympic medals.

2011 ASC Ylvanowen
YLVA NOWEN

A native of Oestersund, Nowen was a 12- year veteran of the World Cup tour, collecting a total of four career wins, all in Slalom, during that time span. This quartet of Slalom victories carried her to the top of the World Cup discipline rankings in 1998 and she was rewarded with the World Cup Slalom crown.

2011 ASC Brigitteoertli
BRIGITTE OERTLI

A ten-year veteran of the powerful Swiss women’s team from 1981 to 1990, Oertli claimed a bronze medal in Combined at the 1989 World Alpine Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek, while also picking up a pair of silver medals in Downhill and Combined at the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary.

Kalle
KALLE PALANDER

The most successful Finnish male alpine skier in history, Palander won a gold medal in Slalom on the final day of the 1999 World Championships in Vail.  During the course of his 14-year career, Kalle recorded a total of 14 World Cup victories, 10 in Slalom and 4 in Giant Slalom.  His first World Cup win came in 2003, a season in which he would record four victories to claim the World Cup Slalom title.  He struggled to regain his form following an injured knee suffered at the 2007 World Championships, retiring from the World Cup circuit in 2012

2012 Asc Caseypuckett
CASEY PUCKETT

A four-time Olympic Alpine skier, Casey’s career highlight came in the form of a seventh-place finish in slalom at the 1994 Lillehammer Games.  He went into retirement following the 2002 Salt Lake Games and began coaching a local ski club in Aspen.  He returned to skiing in 2003, this time in ski cross, immediately falling in love with the sport.  His second career flourished with a pair of Winter X Games gold medals and a fifth place showing in the 2009 Ski Cross World Championships and suddenly, Puckett began contemplating another Olympic Winter Games appearance in Vancouver.  Named to a record fifth Olympic Team, he finished 18th in the qualification round.

 Ken
KEN READ

Read became the first North American male to ever win a World Cup downhill with a victory in Val d’Isere, France in 1975.  A seven-time Canadian National downhill champion, Read recorded five career World Cup wins, all in Downhill, finishing in the runner-up spot in the 1980 season-long downhill rankings, winning both the Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbuhel and the Lauberhorn in Wengen.  A native of Calgary, Read was instrumental in the design and construction of the men’s downhill course used for the 1988 Calgary Olympics, while heading the “Own the Podium” initiative for the 2010 Vancouver Games.

2011 ASC Liisasavijarvi
LIISA SAVIJARVI

The only Canadian woman to compete in Downhill, Super-G and Giant Slalom in the 80s, Savijarvi earned her lone career World Cup victory in 1986 with a Super-G win in Furano, Japan. She represented Canada at the 1984 Olympic Winter Games of Sarajevo, finishing ninth in Giant Slalom, as well as the 1985 World Championships in Bormio, Italy.

Andreas
ANDREAS SCHIFFERER

Born in Radstadt, Austria, Andy participated in his first races at the age of three.  In 1997 at the World Championships in Sestriere, Italy, he claimed the bronze medal in Giant Slalom, just missing a second medal with a fifth place Downhill showing.  One year later, Schifferer stood on the top step of four World Cup Downhill podiums en route to laying claim to the season-long discipline title, while finishing second in the World Cup Overall standings behind teammate Hermann Maier. The brightest moment of his career came at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake with a bronze medal in Super-G.  During the course of his 12-year World Cup career, Schifferer won a total of eight races, seven in Downhill and one in Super-G.  His first Downhill victory came on Birds of Prey during the course’s world debut in 1997.   He retired from the racing in 2006.

2012 Asc Sarahschleper
SARAH SCHLEPER 

Colorado native Sarah Schleper began racing with Ski Club Vail at age 11 and, just five years later, made her World Cup debut…in Vail, no less. The only American female four-time alpine Olympian, Schleper, missed the 2007 season to rehab from ACL surgery and spent 2008 welcoming her son Lasse into the world with her husband Federico Gaxiola. She announced her retirement shortly before competing in her last World Cup slalom on December 29 of 2011 in Lienz, Austria, stopping halfway down the course to pick up Lasse and carry him to the finish in her arms. During the course of her 15-year career, Schleper recorded four podium appearances, including a 2005 slalom win in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

2011 ASC Karenstemmle
KAREN STEMMLE 

A successful five-year member of the Canadian Alpine Team, Stemmle recorded numerous top-five World Cup Downhill finishes during the course of her career, while also earning top honors as Canadian Junior Downhill champion and wearing back-to-back North American Downhill crowns.

2013 ASC Tschudi
OTTO TSCHUDI

An American Ski Classic participant since the event’s inception in 1981, Tschudi began his 17-year ski racing career as a member of the Norwegian national team in 1964 and represented his country at the 1968 Grenoble and 1972 Sapporo Olympics, in addition to the 1970 World Championships in Val Gardena.  During his tenure on the Norwegian Team, he earned five Norwegian National titles before coming to the U.S. to ski for the University of Denver, capturing five NCAA titles during his collegiate career.  Following his retirement from amateur racing in 1972, Tschudi raced professionally until 1978 when he was named Director of Skiing at Winter Park.  In addition to his exploits on the slopes, Tschudi has served on the Board of Trustees for the University of Denver since 1992 and was instrumental in bringing back the sport of skiing to the Pioneers following ten-year hiatus, while also working to internationalize and improve many of the school’s other sports. 

Hubertus
HUBERTUS VON HOHENLOHE

The lone Mexican athlete at the Sochi Olympics, Von Hohenlohe founded the Mexican Ski Federation in 1981.  The son of Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Princess Ira of Fürstenberg, Hubertus was born in Mexico, which allows the alpine ski racer, photographer, businessman and pop singer to compete for that country.  Since 1982, Von Hohenlohe has participated in a record 15 World Alpine Ski Championships and, at 51, he was the oldest athlete at the Sochi Games.  He says he continues to compete because he says the “exotic” skiers are disappearing and he wants to keep that tradition alive.

2011 ASC Franzweber
FRANZ WEBER

Once given the title of the “fastest human on skis” by the Guinness Book of World Records, Weber is a former six-time World Speed Skiing champion, who was clocked at 138.1 miles per hour at the peak of his career. From the late 1970s to the mid-80s, Weber dominated the sport of speed skiing, winning six consecutive titles from 1980–85, while also competing on the World Pro Tour.