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Notable locals: Sarah Schleper to ski in 5th Olymipcs

Posted by Polina LaConte on Feb 1, 2018 9:54:37 PM

Vail local Sarah Schleper will ski in her fifth Olympics this year. The giant slalom specialist has been cleared to compete in Pyeongchang for the Mexican ski team, which she herself is trying to bring more notoriety to. Schleper works with Mexican kids to bring them to snow and teach them the sport of ski racing, and some of those kids - especially the ones who spend a lot of time at the internationally renowned training grounds at Golden Peak - have begun to show promise in recent years. Schleper hopes to clear the way for those kids to compete at the highest level by showing Mexico it can be done this year at the Winter Olympics. 

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Topics: Vail, Notable Locals, 2018olympics, winter olympics

Notable locals: 2018 Olympian snowboarder Jake Pates

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 17, 2018 10:50:06 PM

Shaun White led three American snowboarders to the 2018 Olympics on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix in Aspen-Snowmass with all three clinching Olympic berths. Among them was 19-year-old Jake Pates of Eagle, Colorado, who grew up riding Vail and won Youth Olympic Games gold two years ago.

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Topics: Notable Locals, snowboarding

Notable locals: Ski patroller Chris 'Mongo' Reeder

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 7, 2018 10:27:25 PM

Chris Reeder is a longtime local and ski patrolman who is really well known as a ski patroller on the mountain, but perhaps better known as a whitewater rafter on the local waterways. What is not known about him is the origins of his nickname, Mongo, which was given to him for unknown reasons and stuck. 

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Topics: Vail, Notable Locals

Lindsey Vonn, Vail's most recognizable Olympian

Posted by Polina LaConte on Dec 17, 2017 10:43:05 PM
Lindsey Vonn has called Vail home since the age of 12, when she moved here from Minnesota with her family to get serious about ski racing. 
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Topics: Vail, Notable Locals, Skiing, 2018olympics

Notable locals: Vicki and Kent Logan

Posted by Polina LaConte on Dec 29, 2016 11:46:55 PM

When you visit the Tenth Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater on the Gore Creek Promenade in Vail Village this winter, take a moment to thank Kent and Vicki Logan. The Outdoor Ice Theater, with its king and queen sized chairs made of ice, offers

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Topics: Vail, Notable Locals, ski

Notable locals: Ralph Green

Posted by Polina LaConte on Feb 24, 2016 11:44:24 PM

Like so many others, Paralympian Ralph Green moved to Vail to pursue his passion for skiing. But Ralph Green's story is unlike many others in a lot of ways. After catching a stray bullet in Brooklyn, New York, as a kid, Green's life took a dramatically different turn.

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Topics: Vail, Notable Locals, Video

Watch USMC double amputee Daniel Riley shred powder in Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 29, 2016 10:57:39 PM

On Dec. 16, 2011, Corporal Daniel Riley, USMC, stepped on a land mine which forever changed his life. But losing both his legs didn't stop his adventuring spirit, and today he lives near Vail and rarely misses a powder day. Here's a video of Daniel showing off his impressive powder skiing skills in Vail during a six-inch powder day earlier this week. 

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Topics: Vail, Notable Locals, Video

Notable locals: Sarah Schleper de Gaxiola

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 17, 2016 11:29:22 PM

Vail native Sarah Schleper is not only a 4-time Olympian veteran of the U.S. Ski Team and World Cup podium finisher, she's also team Mexico's finest downhiller. 

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Topics: Vail, Notable Locals

Notable locals: Mikaela Shiffrin

Posted by Polina LaConte on Nov 27, 2015 11:48:00 AM
During the 2014 Olympics, when the media came to town to watch the slalom in the gold medal favorite's hometown, they didn't head to Solaris or Slifer Square. No, the television crews visited Route 6 Cafe,
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Topics: Vail, Notable Locals

Notable Locals: Chris Anthony

Posted by Polina LaConte on Nov 9, 2015 11:58:00 AM
When the Warren Miller film company's new movie hits the Vilar in Beaver Creek on November 27th and 28th, it will mark 26 years of ski movie star fame for Vail resident Chris Anthony. Anthony says he has been a fan of Warren Miller movies ever since his parents took him to one as a kid, and to grow up to be part of more than 25 years of Warren Miller movies is a dream come true. Among his proudest achievements are
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Topics: Vail, Family, Notable Locals, Video

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