Aspen Celebrates Skiing's Spirit

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Trial Run - November 2002

Aspen, CO, Mar. 7, 2001--The fun-filled Spirit of Skiing weekend, now in its fifth year since Kiki Cutter founded the event in 1996, donates three days of fun and philanthropy centered around skiing, music, and fundraising. The event includes various charity activities, one of which, the silent auction raised $75,000, $20K more than last year's event.

Proceeds from the event go towards the Prostate Cancer Initiative, a national program of the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) in association with the American Cancer Society and to the Roaring Fork Conservancy, located in Basalt, CO.

The Prostate Cancer Initiative supports clinical research, patient care and public education needs. Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the U.S., and the second leading cause of cancer deaths, after lung cancer, among men.

The nonprofit Roaring Fork Conservancy was founded in 1996 to protect and preserve ecosystems within the Roaring Fork River and its tributaries. To achieve its goals the Conservancy works with the Valley's guide shops, local fisherman and boaters to solicit ideas and set up a donation program to promote stewardship among river users.

Billy Kidd was one of the guests of honor at the event, as he received the Bertolucci Spirit of Skiing Award. Fellow recipients include Stein Eriksen, Franz Klammer, Dick Durrance and Klaus Obermeyer. The award is presented to a person who has been a driving force in advancing the sport of skiing and who embodies the "spirit" of skiing. Kidd and teammate Jimmie Heuga became the first American men to bring home Olympic medals in Alpine skiing when they won silver and bronze at the 1964 Innsbruck Games. He was also the first American to win the World Championships combined gold medal, in 1970. For the past thirty years, Kidd has served as Steamboat's Director of Skiing. Privately, Kidd and his partner Hollis Brooks lead ski and snowboard outings for Ute Indian youngsters.

According to the Spirit of Skiing Founder, Kiki Cutter, "Billy has not only achieved the pinnacle of success in competitive skiing, but his passionate commitment to skiing and his tireless promotion of the sport are unequaled."

Joining Kidd among the ranks of former ski champs in attendance were Hank Kashiwa, Moose Barrows, Renata Goetzendorf, Noel Lyons, Steve Mahre, and Klaus Obermeyer, most of whom participated in the Bill Lovett Cup Spirit of Skiing Fun Race.

The weekend's tempo was increased by musical talent such as John Hiatt, Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, and Joe Ely. Also in attendance were many notorious celebrities, including Sydney Pollack, Robert Wagner, Jill St. John, Nicole Miller, and Jim Sikking.

The Bill Lovett Cup Spirit Of Skiing Fun Race 2001

(local team)
Team Captain/Champion: Jeff Hamilton
Team Average: 20.57 seconds

BIB # M/W NAME COURSE 1 COURSE 2 BEST
37 M Jeff Hamilton 17.89 17.56 17.56
35 M Doug Carlson 18.67 18.80 18.67
36 M Jay Cowen 19.79 19.58 19.58
58 M Richard McLennon 21.62 22.38 21.62
34 M James Benvenuto 21.90 23.33 21.90
72 M John Curnow 24.10 24.83 24.10
80 M Lester Crain 25.37 24.53 24.53

First Place Team (non-local)
Team Captain/Champion: Steve Mahre
Team Average: 22.33 seconds

BIB # M/W NAME COURSE 1 COURSE 2 BEST
59 M Steve Mahre 16.89 16.95 16.89
74 M Mel Shook 21.94 22.01 21.94
52 M Jim Vogel 22.47 23.34 22.47
56 W Lynn Toth 22.60 23.26 22.60
55 M Marco Molinari 22.87 23.42 22.87
84 M Peter 23.44 25.69 23.44
53 M J.J. Wiroth 23.53 23.62 23.53
54 M Lewis Wexter 24.96 26.15 24.96
57 M Mark Kauffman 26.11 28.88 26.11

Second Place Team (non-local)
Team Captain/Champion: Moose Barrows
Team Average: 23.17

BIB # M/W NAME COURSE 1 COURSE 2 BEST
7 M Moose Barrows 18.30 18.60 18.30
3 W Cathy Howe 22.84 22.92 22.84
4 M David Howe 23.52 23.09 23.09
1 M Jim Vurpillat 23.50 23.55 23.50
81 W Mary Kennedy 24.51 23.93 23.93
76 M Kenny Francis 25.87 23.966 23.96
2 M Reggie Beckius 25.36 24.59 24.59
6 M Anthony DeMarco 25.21 26.43 25.21
82 M Jim Lonergan 25.28

Third Place Team (non-local)
Team Captain/Champion: Penn Henderson
Team Average: 23.23 seconds

BIB # M/W NAME COURSE 1 COURSE 2 BEST
73 M Penn Henderson 17.15 17.39 17.15
71 M Scott La Du 18.94 19.59 18.94
27 M John Peloza 23.52 22.58 22.58
79 M David Neal 22.60 23.47 22.60
70 M Kevin Smith 23.74 24.44 23.74
69 M Bob Norton 26.89 27.53 26.89
68 M Tom Geiger 30.76 33.07 30.76
67 M Paul Sullivan 30.85 36.36 30.85

Fourth Place Team (non-local)
Team Captain/Champion: Hank Kashiwa
Team Average: 23.44 seconds

BIB # M/W NAME COURSE 1 COURSE 2 BEST
51 M Hank Kashiwa 18.89 20.83 18.89
46 M John Oats 20.97 22.19 20.97
50 M Keith Reinhard 23.77 25.02 23.77
47 M Ketih Carradine 23.85 25.66 23.85
48 M Lyle Lovett 24.87 25.51 24.87
45 M Jim Sikking 25.57 25.99 25.57
75 M Ken Levitan 26.20 27.18 26.20
49 W Nicole Miller 27.85 28.41 27.85

Fifth Place Team (non-local)
Team Captain/Champion: Billy Kidd
Team Average: 23.70

BIB # M/W NAME COURSE 1 COURSE 2 BEST
14 M Billy Kidd 21.03 18.22 18.22
8 M Bill Coleman 22.49 22.19 22.19
13 M Mike Austin 24.65 23.65 23.65
11 M John Hardman 24.16 23.40 23.40
28 W Elizabeth Brunt 26.09 25.15 25.15
9 M Al Shipp 27.31 26.29 26.29
10 M John Davies 27.04 27.36 27.04
12 W Julie Austin 30.07 30.48 30.07

Sixth Place Team (non-local)
Team Captain/Champion: Noel Lyons
Team Average: 23.90 seconds

BIB # M/W NAME COURSE 1 COURSE 2 BEST
44 W Noel Lyons 17.93 18.14 17.93
41 M Matt Zabawa 21.51 22.38 21.51
38 M Steve Zabawa 22.73 24.06 22.73
39 M Craig McChesney 24.14 24.79 24.14
42 M Lawton Davis 25.50 25.63 25.50
83 W Terrie Lonergan 25.99 25.99
77 M Paul Andrews 26.27 28.24 26.27
43 M John Soares 27.14 28.22 27.14
40 W Karen Francis 28.48 30.70 28.48

Seventh Place Team (non-local)
Team Captain/Champion: Renata Goetzendorfer
Team Average: 24.33

BIB # M/W NAME COURSE 1 COURSE 2 BEST
30 W Renata Goetzendorfer 18.14 18.20 18.14
32 M Rich Freyburg 22.07 22.07 22.07
26 M Bill Carter 26.49 25.02 25.02
25 M Murril Gash 27.85 25.71 25.71
24 M John Farris 28.93 25.78 25.78
31 W Kara Seyedi 25.83 25.95 25.83
33 W Bev Freyburg 29.74 27.78 27.78
23 M Adrian Michaels 34.42 31.81 31.81

Eighth Place Team (non-local)
Team Captain/Champion: Terry Ahola
Team Average: 24.13

BIB # M/W NAME COURSE 1 COURSE 2 BEST
22 M Terry Ahola 17.23 17.30 17.23
21 M Steve Kukucha 22.68 22.80 22.68
85 W Gretchen Neal 23.81 23.72 23.72
15 M Daniel Campbell 25.60 24.48 24.48
18 M Juan Garcia 26.43 24.92 24.92
16 M David Lapham 25.77 25.41 25.41
20 W Natasha Kowatch 30.01 27.91 27.91
17 M Joe Okon 28.54 26.67 26.67
19 W Susan Garcia 29.73 28.78 28.78

Ninth Place Team (non-local)
Team Captain/Champion: Laurie Baker Wertz
Team Average: 25.00

BIB # M/W NAME COURSE 1 COURSE 2 BEST
66 W Laurie Baker Wertz 19.72 20.13 19.72
65 M Kim Taipale 22.37 21.82 21.82
64 M W.L. Stockover 24.30 25.46 24.30
63 M David Butler 26.74 29.26 26.74
29 M James Price 26.93 28.25 26.93
60 M John Manzi 27.62 30.12 27.62
62 M Don Rooney 27.88 29.88 27.88
61 M Derek Dalton 37.86 28.79 28.79

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