SSWSC Century Mark: Connie Blair

Athletes and alumni look back on 100 years of memories

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Connie Blair, 47

Q. When were you in the club and what discipline?

A. Started SSWSC in 1974, skied and raced Alpine.

Q. Who were your friends in the club?

A. I still have lots of great memories from growing up in Steamboat and being a part of SSWSC. I most enjoyed all of the coaches — Walt Evans, Smokin Roy Powell, John Leffler, Marti Irish, Theresa Desilva. I know I have forgotten to name some as well.

It was always fun going to “granny’s” house in Carbondale. She would have all of us and make big dinners and pancake breakfasts. There was a big tuning room downstairs where we did all of our skis. We would always meet out front early, early for our warm up runs. I spent most of my time with Liz Cowman, Wendy Ward, Molly McCoy, Tracy, Winnie and Terry DelliQuadri, Jack Miller, my brother, John, David Baldinger and many others. We have all kept in touch to this day.

Q. What is your favorite club memory?

A. My best friends were made growing up in the SSWSC. I’ve also kept in touch with many of the athletes that we raced with from Vail, Sunlight, Crested Butte, ect. Many of them are currently coaching. I’ve seen the club grow so much and I’m so glad that it has helped all the athletes become who they are now. My kids, Alex and Ellie, are racing Alpine in the U14 and U12 programs. They have so much passion for the sport of skiing. I never really liked to turn much when we free skied. Good thing because my kids are right on my tail these days. Our Steamboat Cup races consisted of a different discipline each race. We would do Alpine, Nordic and also jumping on Alpine skis. I’ll never forget jumping off the 70-meter on my downhill skis.

Q. What are you doing now?

A. I am currently employed with Orthopaedics of Steamboat Springs as an X-ray technician. Cheers to 100 Years!

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