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Andrea Mead-Lawrence

Full name: Andrea Bario Mead-Lawrence
Nickname(s): Andy
Gender: Female
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: April 19, 1932 in Rutland, Vermont, United States
Died: March 30, 2009 in Mammoth Lakes, California, United States
Affiliations: SC Amado Arizona/Pico Peak Ski Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Related Olympians: Wife of David Lawrence.

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Andy Mead started skiing at the age of three and began entering races before she was ten. Her first big international moment came in 1948 when she placed third in the Arlberg Kandahar race. She also competed in the Olympics that year. Between 1948 and 1952 she won virtually every woman’s race available to her. She also married men’s ski team member, David Lawrence. In 1952, as Andrea Mead Lawrence, she continued her domination of women’s skiing by winning the two technical events at the Olympics. She continued her winning ways in 1953 with victories in the North American Downhill and Slalom championships, the U.S. National Giant Slalom, and won the Harriman Cup that year. In 1954 and 1955 she tailed off a little but still won several races. She competed at the 1956 Olympics, finishing fourth in the giant slalom, and then retired. In the 60s Andrea Mead Lawrence was visible as an expert ski commentator on television. She and David Lawrence later divorced.

In her later life, Andrea Mead Lawrence became known as an environmental activist, fighting against unchecked slopeside development in her native Vermont. In honor of her environmental work, and in her memory, a 12,240-foot Eastern Sierra peak was named after her. The Mono County peak, originally known only by its elevation, is on the border of the Ansel Adams Wilderness, just east of Yosemite National Park, and near to the John Muir Trail.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 15 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill United States USA 35
1948 Winter 15 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom United States USA 8
1948 Winter 15 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Women's Combined United States USA 21
1952 Winter 19 Oslo Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill United States USA 17
1952 Winter 19 Oslo Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom United States USA 1 Gold
1952 Winter 19 Oslo Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom United States USA 1 Gold
1956 Winter 23 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill United States USA 30
1956 Winter 23 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom United States USA 4T
1956 Winter 23 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom United States USA 25T

Women's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Winter 15 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 35 3:03.1
1952 Winter 19 Oslo Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 17 1:55.3
1956 Winter 23 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 30 1:55.2

Women's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Winter 19 Oslo Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 1 2:06.8
1956 Winter 23 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 4T 1:58.3

Women's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PT
1948 Winter 15 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 8 2:08.8
1948 Winter 15 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing United States Run 1 11 1:05.1 0:00
1948 Winter 15 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing United States Run 2 11 1:03.7 0:00
1952 Winter 19 Oslo Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 1 2:10.6
1952 Winter 19 Oslo Alpine Skiing United States Run 1 4 1:07.2 0:00
1952 Winter 19 Oslo Alpine Skiing United States Run 2 1 1:03.4 0:00
1956 Winter 23 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 25T 2:25.8
1956 Winter 23 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing United States Run 1 27 1:10.5 0:00
1956 Winter 23 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing United States Run 2 25 1:15.3 0:00

Women's Combined

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T PT
1948 Winter 15 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 21 30.84
1948 Winter 15 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing United States Downhill 27 22.14 3:03.1
1948 Winter 15 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing United States Slalom 11 8.70 2:15.5
1948 Winter 15 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing United States Slalom Run 1 6T 1:03.8 0:00
1948 Winter 15 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing United States Slalom Run 2 18 1:11.7 0:00