Skier Stars In TV Documentary

From Regional Mobility

“The first week of this new year Winter Park’s Martha Hill, a member of the US. Handicap Ski Team and one of the best female handicapped athletes in the county, was concerned about something she never had to care about before. Taking off her goggles on the chairlift and holding her face up to the sun at every available opportunity, Martha was trying to prevent the ski racer’s racoon eye tan.

Hill’s face protection wasn’t for vanity, but for visual consistency on film. In January Martha was on a month-long break from the movie set in the Carribean where cameras would look for her tan lines to be those of a scuba diver and swimmer rather than skier…”

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CALEidoscope: Beware the Supergimp Image

From Regional Mobility Magazine, March, 1986

“In the past two months I wrote columns on gimps and supergimps, referring mainly to leg amputees since that’s the one ‘category’ of disability I, as an above the knee amputee, understand best…”

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Winter Park’s Blueprint for the Future

From Alpenglow Magazine

“In the late 70’s, the Winter Park Ski Area, which had alway depended on its Denver day-skier market, got its first big plug by the national ski magazines. Said one ski writer, ‘‘If Winter Park were a restaurant, it’d be called ‘Joe’s Eats,’” and when the article went on to describe friendly downhome atmosphere and good skiing, the ski area was on its way to becoming the destination resort area it was aiming for with the development of the Mary Jane.

The Town of Winter Park, which had just been incorporated from the village of Hideaway Park, did not earn the same regard, however, by the national media. Described in the same article as ‘‘a fairly uninspired strip along Highway 40,’’ Winter Park has been working ever since on turning the haphazard strip-city development, which might have occurred in response to the ski area’s rapid gvowth into an inspired and controlled growth, which would interface with the ski area expansion and avoid some of the pitfalls experienced by other mountain resort communities.

Now, eight years later…”

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My Viewpoint: “Real Gimps”

From Regional Mobility Magazine, December, 1985

“We all joke around about relative levels of disability. Above-the-knee amputees (ak’s) will joke around about below-the-knee amputees: “B-ks are almost human.” But let’s face it. Sometimes even a b-k feels like a real gimp.

I once met a freestyle skier who had blown her knee out the previous season and was three-tracking during her convelescence. She liked it so much, she started to call herself handicapped…”

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CALEidoscope: “Super Gimps”

From, Regional Mobility Magazine, February, 1986

“Last month I made a distinction between the person with an athletic injury and the “real gimp’ This month’s column is a commentary on the rarest breed of gimp, the supergimp.

In case you’re not familiar with the term, gimps are humans possessing an abnormal walking style, commonly described as a limp, later bastardized to “gimp” to refer to both the gait and the person whose mobility is impaired. More recently the term has been…”

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Weber Karma

From Powder Magazine

“The difference between the two top speed skiers in the world is one of style. While Steve McKinney “falls” into the course, Franz Weber takes two powerful skating strides and lunges for the bottom. Weber explains how he uses his physical strength to advantage, while demonstrating that mental preparation is as much a part of a speed skier’s equipment as his “paint job,” or speed suit. But Weber believes that at Silverton he had one more thing on his side: karma…”

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