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 the combined.
Injuries forced him to retire early from racing and he began guiding helicopter skiing in Sun Valley. He continues to guide pristine ski adventures in the mountains of Chile and Greenland. He and his wife, Kim Jacobs, run an international adventure travel company, aptly named Mountain Spirits.
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