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Dick Durrance, Jr.

Full name: Richard Henry "Dick" Durrance, Jr.
Gender: Male
Born: October 23, 1914 in Tarpon Springs, Florida, United States
Died: June 13, 2004 in Carbondale, Colorado, United States
Affiliations: Dartmouth Big Green, Hanover (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Biography

Dick Durrance was the first great American alpine skier, and was responsible for the development of several major Western ski resorts. Durrance grew up in Tarpon Springs, Florida, but his family moved to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, when he was 13, where he learned to ski. In 1932, Durrance won the German Junior Alpine Championship. The family returned to Florida shortly thereafter, but Durrance went to Dartmouth College, where he continued his ski career. In 1936, he became the first American to win a major European race, winning at Sestriere, Italy. He also won 17 U.S. Championships, and the medal given to U.S. champions was later re-cast in his image. After the Olympics, Durrance helped Averill Harriman develop the Sun Valley resort. During World War II, Durrance was used to train ski troops of the 10th Mountain Division. After the war, he and his wife moved to Denver and he was asked to manage a new ski resort in Aspen. He brought Aspen to prominence by bringing the 1950 FIS World Championships to Aspen. Durrance later became a key developer of the Alta, Utah ski resort. Durrance also pioneered the making of ski films in the United States, with his first films, "Sun Valley Ski Chase", and "Sun Valley Holiday", being released in 1940.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Winter 21 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Alpine Skiing Men's Combined United States USA 10

Men's Combined

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T PT
1936 Winter 21 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 10 87.74
1936 Winter 21 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Alpine Skiing United States Downhill 11 90.89 5:16.2
1936 Winter 21 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Alpine Skiing United States Slalom 8 84.59 2:53.3
1936 Winter 21 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Alpine Skiing United States Slalom Run 1 8 1:26.4 0:06
1936 Winter 21 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Alpine Skiing United States Slalom Run 2 9 1:26.9 0:00
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