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Gretchen Kunigk Fraser (February 11, 1919 – February 17, 1994) Born in Tacoma, Washington, Alpine ski racer.

First American to win gold Winter Olympics in 1948. in the slalom and a silver medal in the combined event in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Gretchen first skied at age 13, at Paradise Valley on the south slopes of Mount Rainier in 1932. Under the tutelage of Otto Lang (1908-2006) she later competed on the ski team at the University of Puget Sound.

On to Gold, First American to win Winter Olympics gold in 1948 in the slalom and a silver medal in the combined skiing event in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Retiring from competition she became an ambassador for Sun Valley, CO and mentor to aspiring female ski racers, including Susie Corrock, Christin Cooper, Picabo Street, Andrea Mead Lawrence, and disabled racer Muffy Davis.

1960 inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame  and the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame in Park City

1961 inducted into the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Puget Sound Hall of Fame.

Gretchen’s Gold, a ski run at Sun Valley’s Seattle Ridge

Gretchen’s Restaurant in the Sun Valley Lodge

Gretchen Fraser Neighborhood park in Vancouver, Washington

 

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