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Ben Finley
at the 2020 NBS
Black Summit
Doug Pringle
Richard Lubin
(1954-2020)
Doug Pringle, past President of Far West Disabled Sports USA (now
Move United), has provided over a half century of service to the disabled
community. It all began in 1967, having graduated from the US Military
Academy, when he was ordered to Vietnam and lost most of his right leg in
combat. In 1969, he and 13 other amputees organized and raced in an
Amputee Championship at Donner Summit. This was the beginning of
DSUSA which today serves over 60,000 youth, wounded warriors and adults
annually in over 40 different sports, through a nationwide network of over
100 community based chapters in 37 states. These sports opportunities
transform participants, highlighting the potential in each. In the 1990s, as a
member of the US Olympic Committee, he helped bring focus and equality to
the United States Paralympic Team and has traveled to many countries to
establish Disabled Sports Programs on an international level. These sports
opportunities transform participants, highlighting the potential in each,
embodied in the DSUSA motto " If I can do this, I can do anything " !
Doug Pringle is a 2013 FWSA Snowsport Builder. Photo provided by Doug Pringle
" The Snowboarding Chiropractor "
Gordon Cordona at Mammoth on his bi-ski.
Gordon Cordona became a
member of The Unrecables in 1993
Gordon Cordona
that role since. He was also
President, Vice President,
after someone approached him
when he and his family were
visiting Mammoth and asked if he
skied. Later that season, he went on
his first ski trip with the club. The
rest is history. Soon, he was
appointed Newsletter Editor (now
Communications Director) and held
Membership Director, and Webmaster.
In 2000, he was named LA
Council Man of the Year with
Sigrid Noack as LAC Woman of the
Year. Currently, he serves as VP
Communications for LA Council.
Gordon Cardona, Communications
Gordon has been the leading
Ben Finley, together with Art Clay,
conceived and organized the first
gathering of 13 black ski clubs with
350 attendees in Aspen in 1973.
Finley had co-founded Four Seasons
West Ski Club in Los Angeles and
served as its President 1966 - 87.
The black skiing population was
virtually non-existent in the early
1970s, and the gathering became the
foundation for what would become
the biennial Black Summit and the
birth of the National Brotherhood of
Skiers. NBS emerged quickly as a
skisport organization of national
scope. Through nearly five decades,
the NBS has nurtured (or launched)
many thousands of snow sports
enthusiasts and generated
substantial revenue for the winter
sports industry. The NBS' annual
gathering is one of the largest ski
events in the USA. Ben Finley was
the 2015 FWSA Snowsport Builder.
He will be inducted into the National
Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in
its class of 2019.
Off the ski hill Ben enjoyed a
long and distinguished career as an
engineer at Raytheon Systems
Company, where he worked on the
development of the Advanced
Standoff Radar System among many
other projects. He lives in Los
Angeles with his wife, Andi.
photo by Ben Finley
spokesman and advocate for
adaptive sport almost from the
beginning of the Unrecables four
decades ago. He continues to
demonstrate the ability of his fellow
club members to enjoy sports at the
shore on the water and on the
slopes. Using a diverse inventory of
adaptive gear, Unrecables both ski
and snowboard. They are a chapter
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Richard was the 2001 and 2002
recipient of the FWSA Safety Person
of the Year, appointed Safety Chair
in 2004 and served as FWSA Safety
Chair from 2004 to 2020. He was the
only FWSA Safety Chair. He has
written many safety articles that have
been published in the FWSA Councilman
and the Far West Skier's Guide,
developed safety videos, and envisioned
and executed the FWSA Safety
Thermometer Program with our ski
area partners.
Positive energy lit his spirit - kind,
generous, an amazing chiropractor,
passionate music lover, football
enthusiast, ardent snow-boarder,
playful sense of humor, and a great
friend. He truly touched everyone he
met. He loved music and music
festivals. He made CDs of Christmas
music and distributed them to friends
each year.
In 2008, he suffered a bacterial
infection of his spine which resulted
in surgery to remove an abscess and
which left him a quadriplegic. Within
months and after intensive physical
therapy, he recovered some measure
of strength and mobility in his hands
and arms. Then, he went back on the
job as Safety Chair, coming to FWSA
Conventions on a remarkable high
tach wheeled vehicle. He continued
his duties until his passing March 28,
2020. The FWSA Safety Person of the
Year Award has been renamed the
Richard Lubin Safety Person of the
Year in his honor.
Written by Randy Lew, photo / FWSA
of Move United, formerly known as
Disabled Sports/USA and are active
in the Los Angeles Council of ski
clubs and are affiliated with the
National Ski Council Federation.
They benefit from sponsorships by
local businesses and support from
fellow skiers.
Photo provided by Gordon Cordona

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