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Sun Valley Ski Hall of Fame Honors Pete Patterson

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Pete Patterson was born in 1957 in Sun Valley, living at the bottom of Warm Springs long before the lifts were installed. He made the U.S. Ski Team at age 17, and spent the next eight years representing the country in international competition. A two-time Olympian, Patterson placed 13th in the 1976 Innsbruck downhill at age 19 and a historic fifth in the 1980 Olympic downhill in Lake Placid, at that time the best-ever U.S. men's finish in that event. Two years earlier, he earned the only U.S. medal in the 1978 World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, taking bronze in...
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U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum

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Peter Patterson was a junior racer with the Sun Valley Ski Club in 1973 but competed at the 1974 junior nationals in cross country. Still, he settled on alpine racing making the 1975 Can Am team and the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team in Innsbruck where he finished 14th in the downhill. He was second in the giant slalom at the U.S. national championships and then accumulated several race victories including a first in the slalom at the Kandahar of the Andes. He was awarded a bronze medal in the combined at the 1978 World Championships. A two time Olympian he...
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Ski the Top of the World

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Skiing Greenland Diana Kapp/Wall Street Journal I’M ON AN icebreaker ship traveling slowly up a finger of the Eternity Fjord on Greenland’s west coast. We are a few miles from the edge of the ice sheet, a solid blanket of ice three times the size of Texas that covers about 80% of the country. All around us, peaks coated in virgin, polar snow seem to rise directly out of the vivid blue water. I’ve got my skis. A helicopter is waiting. Whale sightings are promised. The scenario is so fantastical, I may as well have fallen into a Dr. Seuss…

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Ride the Downhill with Pete Patterson

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One minute and 47 seconds with Pete Patterson: his lungs roaring, his back whining (it has been broken), his brain pinched into a white tunnel where there is only ice and the words "down" and "speed". Hunkering into himself, slipping his skis back and forth to make his legs go loose, sucking air, and saying, "Relax, baby, relax and run." And then the start. Patterson, from Sun Valley, Idaho, at 19, is one of four of America's downhill racers.  His back broken once, his legs broken twice, he skis at 85 miles an hour down a madman's funnel, the Olympic...
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A Skier’s Journal

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In a 1980 article by Dick Dorworth, Dick writes about his injuries along with those of other Olympians: "So that's my story of injury.  Sports annals are filled with tales of athletes who have been crushed and confused by injury but still came back to athletic achievements of the highest standard.  Last year Phil Mahre won an Olympic medal on an ankle full of metal - an ankle that a man with a different attitude would not even ski on.  Pete Patterson placed fifth in the downhill in those same Olympics on legs that couldn't support his body weight less...
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The Road to the Olympics

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Olympics When Peter Patterson went for his daily 25-mile bike ride last summer wearing his full-length cast, he started a lot of Boulder, Colo., motorists.  The cast supported Pete’s left femur, which he broke running giant slalom in the U.S. National Championships in Lake Placid last February, but it had plastic joints at the knee and ankle so that the spunky ski racer could train during the summer with hopes of racing this season.  “About the only thing I can’t do with this cast is run.” he said. Pete Patterson knows enough about broken bones to appreciate advancements like hinged…

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