National Downhill champion Dick Buek,
who died when his plane crashed at Donner Summit
near his home in the mountains of California.
Twenty-one year old Sun Valley ski racer Jimmy Griffith,
who should have been in the 1952 Olympics.
He died when he hit a tree at Alta.
Slalom Champion Jill Kinmont, from Bishop, California.
Expected to be on the US Olympic ski team,
she was paralyzed after plunging off a hill at Alta.
Her life nevertheless an inspiration.
Now looking at our lives with sorrow,
I remember how Jill's best friend, the skier Audra Jo Nicholson
had her career ended by polio.