ski run renamed Muffyís
Express Staff Writer
Muffy Davis is joining the ranks of Olympic skiers Gretchen Frasier,
Christin Cooper and former training partner Picabo Street. Southern
Comfort ski run on Seattle Ridge is to be named Muffyís Medals April 4
in honor of the three silver medals she brought home from the 2002
Paralympics in Salt Lake City.
dedication is slated for the River Run base of Baldy at 4 p.m. Gov. Dirk
Kempthorne and Sun Valley Co. owner Earl Holding may attend.
29-year-old mono-skier was asked to select which run would be named in her
honor, reported the Twin Falls Times News on March 24. The one she chose
lies between Gretchenís Gold and Christinís Silver.
the first American woman to win an alpine ski medal. Cooper won a silver
medal at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo.
so excited I cried in the bathtub after Mr. Holding told me," Davis
told an Associated Press reporter. "Iíve had that goal of having a
run named in my honor since I was a kid.
love the pitch of that run. I love to fly down it. In fact, Iíve gone so
fast the ski patrol has had to tell me to slow down. And itís a great
family area. Maybe parents can tell the kids about how the runs got named,
and itíll start those kids dreaming about winning their own Olympic
1989, the 16-year-old Davis was training downhill on Bald Mountain when
she went off course at about 55 mph. She hit two trees and broker her T-6
vertebra and was instantly paralyzed.
keep her down.
She went on
to graduate from Wood River High School as Valedictorian with a 3.9 GPA
and, in 1995, from Stanford University with a degree in human biology,
with an emphasis on psycho-social aspects of disability, and a 3.5 GPA.
post-injury success didnít end in the classroom.
silver medals in downhill, super-G and giant slalom at Snow Basin are just
the most recent in a long list of ski racing accolades.
capped a phenomenal year for Davis, who also won the overall disabled
World Cup championship for the second year in a row.
bronze in the 1998 Parlympics in Nagano, Japan.
shared the honor of lighting the Paralympic cauldron before 50,000 people
in Rice-Eccles stadium where the 2002 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony was
was six months after 9-11 and all I could think about was how fortunate I
was to be in the position I was and able to represent my country,"