Penelope Pitou

Year Inducted: 1976

Born:  October 8, 1938            Bayside, NY

Penny Pitou was one of The United States' top female skiers in the late 1950's and early 1960's and included among her many achievements two silver medals won at the Olympic Winter Games in 1960.

She was a two time Olympian competing for the United States in 1956 and 1960.  She also was on the U.S. FIS team in 1958.  Her two Olympic medals came in the downhill and the giant slalom.

Prior to her international success she had swept the junior national championships in 1955.

Following retirement from the U.S. Ski Team she became a certified professional ski instructor in 1965 and for a time operated her own ski school with her husband.  She later became a designer and consultant to White Stag, a manufacturer of ski wear.  Her career record includes being a ski commentator and high school ski coach.

In 1974 she established Penny Pitou Travel which conducts skiing and hiking tours in Europe and North America.  She was also, at one time, a north east tennis champion. 

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