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Charles Arthur
" Chuck " Morse
Chuck Morse has been an
aerospace engineer, ski patroller
(honor number 2825), association
executive officer, ski program
innovator and entrepreneur, ski
area development and operations
manager, US Army veteran and
activist in community and veterans
matters and a ski historian.
Chuck's innovations include
Dan Campbell Photography
Sarah Hendrickson
Sarah joined the initial group of Park City jumpers led by Lindsey Van
and Jessica Jerome. Deedee Corradini had engineered the creation of
Women's Ski Jumping USA. Deedee led this early group, with fellow
international competitors as well, through the unsuccessful fight in the
Canadian court to get the opportunity to jump in the 2010 Olympics in
Vancouver. Sarah, at age 17, became the youngest of the WSJUSA jumpers.
She won the inaugural women's World Cup season in 2012, finished runnerup
in 2013, and won an individual gold medal at the 2013 World Championships.
By this time, the campaign through FIS and IOC to jump in the
Olympics had succeeded and WSJUSA got accepted into the Sochi Olympics.
Healing from an injury, she joined Jessica Jerome and Lindsey Van to jump in
Sochi. She was granted the historic honor of being the first female to ever
jump in a ski jumping event at the Olympics, with women having been
allowed to participate in Olympic ski jumping for the first time in history.
She placed 21st. She was injured once more, interrupting her training. But,
she made the Olympic selection once again and joined Debbie Ringquist and
Nita Englund for the US team in PyeongChang. She place 19th, Ringquist
29th. Today, women's ski jumping has been incorporated into USA Nordic.
She was recognized with a FWSA President's Award in 2012.
Dan Campbell Photography
Deedee Corradini
(1944 - 2015)
Deedee Corradini was a principal
in the 15 year effort in the Utah
committee which resulted in the
award in 2002 of the Winter
Olympics to Utah, the first woman
and two term Mayor of Salt Lake
City who engineered a light rail
system to benefit its citizens, and
who forcefully took the initiative to
get Women's Ski Jumping accepted
as a Winter Olympics event. This
started with Lindsey Van telling her
that women were not allowed to
jump in the Games. Deedee had
previously succeeded in getting
women allowed to compete in
skeleton and bobsled, so this
initiated a furious ten year effort for
women's ski jumping in the Games
with her as the first President of
Women's Ski Jumping USA. Failing
at Vancouver 2010 with litigation,
WSJUSA succeeded with a US team
at both Sochi in 2014 with Sarah
Hendrickson (21st), Lindsey Van
(15th) and Jessica Jerome (10th)
and at PyeongChang in 2018 with
Hendrickson, Abby Ringquist (29th)
and Nita Englund, with Hendrickson
placing 19th. All quite remarkable
for the daughter of an educator at
universities in Beirut and Aleppo
where she spent her pre-teen years.
She was then fluent in French and
Arabic. She was recognized as the
FWSA Snowsport Builder in 2009.
Billy Kidd and Lila Lapanja
Olympians once and future. Billy Kidd and Lila Lapanja, compare
medals at the 2019 FWSA Annual Convention. Billy offered advice and
encouragement to Lila Lapanja. Billy Kidd was the silver medalist in slalom
in the 1964 Olympics. His friend Jimmie Heuga took the bronze. The two
of them are the first American men to medal in Alpine racing. In 1970, Billy
won the gold medal in the combined and the bronze in the slalom at the 1970
World Championships. He won the slalom at Squaw Valley the prior year.
Billy was the honored guest at the 1970 Far West Convention in Sacramento.
He has continued to charm us at conventions ever since. In 2019, he met with
Lila Lapanja to share medal experiences. Lila was named to the US Ski Team
when she was just 16 in 2014. In 2019, she won her 3rd Overall NorAm
Slalom title and has Europa and World Cup starts in GS and SL. Starting this
season, she is ranked #2 in the US and top-23 in the world in slalom. She
earned six FWSA Athletic Scholarships to help get her career started.
Far West Ski Week, Donner ski tours,
the green and white diamond Ski
Touring and Mountaineering Handbooks.
He created many briefings
incorporating cartoon characters
designed to teach, such as the
" Mogul Mike - Ski Sense and Safety
Program " for the US Ski Areas
Association. He also developed the
" Angel " program (and pin) for the
NSP, honoring the wives who
manned the first aid room while
their patroller husbands were out
on the mountain.
Chuck was the first and only
Director of Recreational Services on
staff of any regional ski association
in addition to being the top administrator
in other years.
He has consulted on many
different ski areas or potential ski
areas, including Peppermint (he led
the helicopter surveying), Sherwin
Mountain. Donner Ski Ski Resort
and Snowbird. He has developed
and executed several promotional
projects under his company
World Ski Events.
Chuck Morse is the 2015 FWSA
Snowsports Builder. n
LEFT: Billy Kidd/Lila
Lapanja photo by Leigh
Gieringer taken at the
2019 FWSA
Convention
RIGHT: photo provided
by Chuck Morse
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