Friday, August 13, 2010

Palmer steps down from alpine coaching

Returns to N.H.

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation has announced that Tyler Palmer has stepped down as alpine ski coach after 11 years. Suffering from the effects of Addison's disease, Palmer has returned to his native New Hampshire.

Palmer, 60, the brother of Ketchum's Terry Palmer, has been a cornerstone of the SVSEF because of his energy, focus and passion, according to the July 27 announcement on the Web site.

His normally high energy level flagged this past winter and he experienced back pain and fatigue, ultimately resulting in a diagnosis of Addison's disease. Palmer said, "My first goal is to get my health back."

Palmer skied on the World Cup circuit from 1969-72. In Jan. 1971 he won a World Cup slalom at St. Moritz, Switz. It was the first-ever World Cup win for an American male in Europe. During his career he had two World Cup victories, four podium finishes, and nine top-10s, all but one in slalom.

A trail is named for Tyler Palmer at Waterville Valley, N.H., "And Tyler Too," which is adjacent to his brother's trail, "Terry's Trail."

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