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Girls on Skis

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MUFFY DAVIS

From being one of the most celebrated disabled skiers to grace the downhill competitions, to making a difference with the World Wide Web and taking a shot at Nordic skiing, Muffy Davis is evolving.

Before Davis became a skiing legend, she was a kid who went through the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation with close friend and fellow competitor, Picabo Street. In February of 1989, while in Sun Valley and participating in downhill training on Bald Mountain, she accidentally went off course and slammed into a tree, breaking her back, which left her a paraplegic.

After the accident, she had her right leg amputated. But that didn’t stop her from doing what she loved. Relearning how to ski with a disability, Davis ended up winning 25 World Cup medals and four Paralympic medals.

Now, Davis lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has taken it upon herself to give back to people with disabilities. Working with an Internet community at www.disaboom.com, she has the opportunity to help athletes with something that she knows all too well about.

But not without the SVSEF, which Davis says enabled her to reconnect with her passion.

“It taught me every vital skill,” Davis says. “It taught me how to be a great teammate.

“It helped me connect with my passion, it gave me the opportunity to reach the passion.”

Davis, 34, is getting back into skiing, just not alpine skiing. Ironically, she says that she’s getting into Nordic. She added that she loves taking her time and getting into nature.

“I’m getting into some summer sports also,” Davis adds. “But I will not compete in ski racing at all. I’m going to live vicariously through my children, if I ever have kids. My time to support the next generation.”

 LYNSEY DYER

Lynsey is on top of the world . . . literally. The 25-year-old, who hails from Ketchum, skis only the biggest mountains around. While at Montana State University, Dyer made a choice— ski extreme and rock while doing it. And since that decision, she’s been one of the best female extreme skiers in the world.

When not being dropped off by a helicopter at the top of some of the highest mountains in the world while on the U.S. Extreme Ski Circuit, which she won in 2005, Dyer can be found in multiple Warren Miller ski movies.

“I’m in full throttle,” says Dyer, who just finished training in Whistler, Canada, and who is off to New Zealand to continue training and possibly filming. The popular skier has also hosted a skiing show on both NBC and ABC.

Dyer began competing in Big Mountain (also known as extreme skiing) competitions because her cousin, A.J. Cargill, was a leader in the whole movement of extreme skiing. Ever since then, she’s been on a roll.

It isn’t really a spectator sport, according to Dyer, but much more rewarding than skiing halfpipe when it comes to going extreme because you’re on the biggest and scariest mountains in the world. Dyer also firmly believes that there’s nothing better than being in the air.

When asked what she learned through the ski program, she replies, “Honestly everything . . . That mountain and those coaches taught me everything that I’m applying now. I owe it all to my coaches and their dedication. Especially my dad for giving me the opportunity. That whole team believed in me. One of my goals is to give that back.”

Now living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Dyer is one of the best big mountain skiers in the world and shows no signs of slowing down while on an illustrious skiing career.

 

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