Cindy Nelson

Year Inducted: 1976

Born:  August 19, 1955            Lutsen. MN

Cindy Nelson grew up at her family's ski area in Minnesota.  She made 5 junior national teams, four Olympic teams and four FIS world championship teams.  Her career is covered with many first time achievements and honors. 

In 1974 she became the first American racer to win a World Cup downhill.  She was an Olympic bronze medal winner in the downhill at the 1972 Olympics.  She was awarded a FIS bronze medall in 1976 in the combined, and a FIS silver medall in the combined in 1980.  She won a FIS silver medal in the downhill in 1982.  She also won the first World Cup Super G race.  She was the first American to win four major championship medals.

Competing in all five alpine skiing disciplines she won seven national titles.

She was the U.S. Team Flag Bearer at the 1976 Olympic Winter Games and was selected as a Torch Bearer for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.  In 1989 she was selected to be the first ever female Chief of Course at the World Alpine Championships.

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