KUSA - On May 22,legendarySteamboat skier Billy Kidd will be honored with a Career Achievement award from the Denver Athletic Club. It's pretty obvious why.
Billy stopped by the 9NEWS studios for a chat with Susie Wargin and talked about the days of old with wooden skis and the free clinics he gives daily to kids at Steamboat. To see the interview,use the video player above this article.
Billygrew up ski racing in Stowe, Vermont and first gained world-wide attention when he won a Silver medal in slalom at the 1964 Olympics inAustria. He and his teammate, Jimmie Heuga who got the Bronze, won the first Olympic medals ever for the USA in mens alpine skiing.
In the next few years, Kidd went on a tear, winning races throughout the world and United States, including eight straight victories in 1965.
After graduating from CUin 1969, he won the first men's U.S.Gold medal at the 1970 FIS World Championships in Italy, and three weeks later won the World Professional Championships in Switzerland.
Off the snow, Billy has had a very successful career in thebusiness of skiing. Since 1970 he has been Director of Skiing at the Steamboat Ski Resort, traveled the world representing the ski industry, written columns for magazines and two books on skiing, and hosted national radio and television ski shows.
He has served on the President's Council for Physical Fitness and Sports, and the Board of Special Olympics. And in April he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for Broadcasting from the International Skiing History Association.