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waaayyyyy back, to 1976? freestyle?

post #1 of 29
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okay, I've been online trying to find info, and of course this time frame is waaayyyy before the web and video and such ...
so there WAS a FIRST national USSA championship in freestyle skiing in 1975 sponsored by Olin Ski ... and then there were a couple of years of freestyle professional events ... and I've seen some names reviewed here, for the women I remember the Post sisters, Genia Fuller, Karen Huntoon, Penny Street (any relation to Picabo?) Suzi Chaffee ... and the guys of course, Shea-guy, Brooksbank, John Eaves, Bob Ferguson, Bruce Bolesky, Rob Huntoon ... and yes who was that crazy mogul man from Sugarloaf?
I'm looking for the seven kids who went to tour Europe in 1975 as the first national American freestyle demo team sponsored by Olin: Bruce Bolesky, Robbie Huntoon, Lisa Wolff, Karen Colburn (myself), another woman and two guys? Andy? and who was that guy who went with us as chaperone? ... some of that team of seven went on to compete at the professional level in 1976, which was that first year the Professional Freestyle Associates or maybe the Colgate Women's Freestyle Skiing Tour held events in the US and Europe
post #2 of 29
Paging Chuck!

Welcome to Epic;

Here's our way back Epic freedogger thread before EVEN my time.

"Hot Dog" "Freestyle" The old school

But, "Chuck" and "Morrison Claystone" are probably the most knowledgeable about the 70s freestyle skiers around here.
post #3 of 29
I have no idea if this could be relative and jog a memory or two, but there was Lita & Eric Pielstick (sp?) around '78. At WP/MJ they were freestyle pros skiing on RBLs for Lange. There was a pretty good crop of aerialists, ballet and bumpers around then, none I can remember, on the area team. A guy named Lance Wood was an instructor and an excellent bump skier and aerialist. Not sure how much he competed though.
post #4 of 29
Yer givin' me way too much credit there, crg. I didn't actually know any of those folks, I just knew about them and tried my best to emulate what they did. There are some who posted on the Hot Dog thread who evidently knew a few of those early free-doggers, but I can't remember who they were off the top of my head.
post #5 of 29
I worked the Albany, NY Ski show with Bruce Boleski and Mike Shea one season, skied a few runs with Karen Huntoon, Suzi Chapstick worked at the same area as I, and Lisa's dad (RIP DR. WOLFF) sewed up my head once and put a real stylen cast that fit my ski pole on my wrist one year. So I've had some contact with the above names. I used to cover some of the training for Lisa and Kenny Smith at the MSSEF when they went to off to compete someplace. Was Kenny involved maybe?

I remember talk of the trip to Europe and I seem to remember it was somebody from Stratton or Mt. Snow that was on that tour besides Lisa and Suzi. Can't for the life of me remember who. There was a guy named Andy that worked with Lisa at Mt. Snow, and I can SEE him....can't remember his last name.
post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 

yes ... remembering more

that's it, Kenny Smith was Lisa Wolf (one f or two?) 's coach. And Jim Reid joined Ken on the trip to Europe as a chaperone for the seven teens, Karen Colburn, Lisa Wolf, Paula Lyddy, Bruce Bolesky, Andy Childs, Ernie Forst, Robbie Huntoon. Tour included Leysin, Alpe d'Huez, Hoch Ybrig, Grindelwald, Kleine Scheidegg ...

That other guy in the bumps, sometimes from Sugarloaf, whose name I was trying to recall, was Jack Taylor, already moved on to the other side of the veil

PFA had already held competitions a few years before 1976 ... that was where Post, Post, Chaffee, Huntoon, Shea, Eaves,etc were already scoring wins and bucks.

still trying to gather old press and pix for a local history lecture tour. thanks for your comments
post #7 of 29
Waterville valley NH in the '70 hosted the first Official freestyle event.
post #8 of 29
In 74 we  started the Chevy(men)/Diet Pepsi(women) tour at Waterville Valley, NH and then went out to Park city where CBS filmed a single competition where the women were invited to compete directly against the men. I think we then went up to Sun Valley, and ended with Heavenly Valley as the world cup finals. Salerno and I won the over-all and Clendenin won individulat titles.  I still have all the bibs. It was a wacky fun incredible journey with some amazing people involved!!!
post #9 of 29
 I'm betting Weems forgot more about that time than any of us ever knew.

The thread that crgildart linked has a volume of great skiers from that era.  Its a Must Read!
post #10 of 29
 Karen and Genia, welcome! You girls must have ripped back in the day.
post #11 of 29
I bet they can still rip today and shred both you and me.
post #12 of 29
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that's it, Kenny Smith was Lisa Wolf (one f or two?) 's coach. And Jim Reid joined Ken on the trip to Europe as a chaperone for the seven teens, Karen Colburn, Lisa Wolf, Paula Lyddy, Bruce Bolesky, Andy Childs,

 

Cool,  now you have jogged my memory.  Andy Childs and his sister Sarah lived right around the corner from me in Vt.  I skied with both of them quite a bit.

I forgot aout Paula.  I met the family in Vt.  Her two sisters (twins) worked on the ski school at Mt. Snow for awhile.  The funny part is they were from my home town in CT, living less than a mile away but went to different schools than I. None of us met till we got to Mt. Snow.
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I bet they can still rip today
 


I have no doubt.
post #14 of 29
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I bet they can still rip today and shred both you and me.




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I have no doubt.

Uncle Louie kindly removed the part of your quote about them shredding us, not having seen us ski, but he shouldn't and probably doesn't doubt that either. :)
post #15 of 29
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Uncle Louie kindly removed the part of your quote about them shredding us, not having seen us ski, but he shouldn't and probably doesn't doubt that either. :)



You read toooooo much into my edit.  I assumed "shredding" to mean......shredding, as in boarding, not as in shredding meat into small fragments. I just don't know if either Genia or Karen snowboard.

 

post #16 of 29
Thread Starter 
Telerod15,
thanks for the welcome.
and the Genia you mention must be Genia Fuller?

when my family was hanging out at some event where she had placed,
she spent a bit of photo op time, my dad got a pic with my younger brother and sister, very sweet.

Uncle Louie,
one of my ski buddies during my brief pro season was an amazing aerialist, no inverteds, but amazing POP
Deb DiGiandomenico, from Meriden CT. We were on the road together during the tour, fun times.

I think she's still in her hometown area ... and I try to reach her from time to time.

These days I've met a couple living in Ridgefield. She and I want to go ski while our husbands don't ... they're not into it.

and as for snowboarding, I've tried it and enjoyed it ... but I'm not sure it would pass for shredding

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 Karen and Genia, welcome! You girls must have ripped back in the day.




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Cool,  now you have jogged my memory.  Andy Childs and his sister Sarah lived right around the corner from me in Vt.  I skied with both of them quite a bit.

I forgot aout Paula.  I met the family in Vt.  Her two sisters (twins) worked on the ski school at Mt. Snow for awhile.  The funny part is they were from my home town in CT, living less than a mile away but went to different schools than I. None of us met till we got to Mt. Snow.

 




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You read toooooo much into my edit.  I assumed "shredding" to mean......shredding, as in boarding, not as in shredding meat into small fragments. I just don't know if either Genia or Karen snowboard.

 

post #17 of 29
 The Wold's first Hot Dog contest was on March 10, 1971 at Aspen Colorado. I put a video segment of this history (from Dick Barrymore's "The Golden Years of Ski Films" on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGhCVifDPws
post #18 of 29
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Paging Chuck!

Welcome to Epic;

Here's our way back Epic freedogger thread before EVEN my time.

"Hot Dog" "Freestyle" The old school

But, "Chuck" and "Morrison Claystone" are probably the most knowledgeable about the 70s freestyle skiers around here.
Weems probably could know a lot but I'm guessing he forgot most of what he once knew 
This thread is kinda cool but had little play.
http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/85516/thesis-project-with-massive-collection-of-moguls-aerials-and-ballet-freestyle-competition-videos
post #19 of 29
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 The Wold's first Hot Dog contest was on March 10, 1971 at Aspen Colorado. I put a video segment of this history (from Dick Barrymore's "The Golden Years of Ski Films" on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGhCVifDPws
 
Mark,

I am glad you made it over here. For those who think they might recognize Marks name, he has one of the best ski videos on youtube.
post #20 of 29
 ^^^ Stoke!


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 The Wold's first Hot Dog contest was on March 10, 1971 at Aspen Colorado. I put a video segment of this history (from Dick Barrymore's "The Golden Years of Ski Films" on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGhCVifDPws
 
Here's the video embedded

post #21 of 29
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 ^^^ Stoke!

 

Here's the video embedded

Those were the days...At 4:30, 6:00 and Greg Athens at 7:00 are what made "freestyle", while mogul skiers of today such as a Patrick Deneen are fantastic skiers, there is less "free" in todays "freestyle" then there ever was, there are two basic manicured zipper lines that all the competitors ski and all are doing the same basic airs. 
post #22 of 29

Wow, this was interesting stuff and brought back a flood of memories.  How I happened upon this forum I don't know but thought I would join up to share some of the information.  This is Ken Smith and I was the one that coached Lisa, Andy, Paula, Daryll, etc. I also would love to find some of them. Paula's sister is a Chiropractor in CT someplace. I still have some of the news articles regarding the election of the group to the 1st US Freestyle Team that toured Suisse and France.  My body tells me it was a long, long time ago but the heart thinks it was last week.  If I can fill in any blanks let me know.

post #23 of 29

Welcome, Ken! Be sure to check out this thread  http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/23235/hot-dog-freestyle-the-old-school

I'm not a former freedogger but I enjoy reading y'all's reminisces. icon14.gif

post #24 of 29

Kenny Smith went as the National Coach. Paula Lyddy, Karen Colburn and myself were on the team as well as Bruce Bolesky, Andy Childs, Ernie ?, and Robbie Huntoon.

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Kenny Smith went as the National Coach. Paula Lyddy, Karen Colburn and myself were on the team as well as Bruce Bolesky, Andy Childs, Ernie ?, and Robbie Huntoon.



Welcome to Epic. We see Robbie Huntoon at our shop about once a week. 

 

post #26 of 29

Hey Lisa,

 

It is nice reading your post.  Every once in a while I go back through an old album and relive some of the memories.  Are you still skiing and where?  Have you happened to come upon any of the old gang in your travels?  This is Ken. Hope you are doing well.

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Kenny Smith went as the National Coach. Paula Lyddy, Karen Colburn and myself were on the team as well as Bruce Bolesky, Andy Childs, Ernie ?, and Robbie Huntoon.



Hi Lisa !

post #28 of 29

So I am incredibly late responding....have had health issues. I did want you to know that I appreciated that you never separated the feats of the women versus the men. It was always, "Hey, try this".

post #29 of 29
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So I am incredibly late responding....have had health issues. I did want you to know that I appreciated that you never separated the feats of the women versus the men. It was always, "Hey, try this".

 

Well welcome back.... nearly 5 years between your first two posts is probably some kind of record. Thanks for bumping the thread too... I've never seen the Origins video, and it was worth watching. (And I hope your health issues are in the past too.)

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