December 1, 2008

Jill Kinmont

Jill Kinmont Boothe (born February 16, 1936 in Los Angeles, California) is a former American ski racer who competed in the mid 1950s.

Jill Kinmont grew up in Bishop, California, skiing and racing at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. In early 1955, she was the reigning national champion in the slalom, and a top prospect for a medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics, a year away. That was until her near-fatal downhill accident at the Snow Cup in Alta, Utah, which resulted in paralysis from the neck down. It occurred the same week that Kinmont, weeks shy of her 19th birthday, was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. [1]

After her rehabilitation she went on to graduate from UCLA and earned a teaching credential from the University of Washington. She married in November 1976, and had a long career as an educator first in Washington and then in Beverly Hills, California. She taught special education at Bishop Union Elementary School from 1975-96 in her hometown of Bishop. She is an accomplished painter who has had many exhibitions of her artwork.

Kinmont was the subject of two movies: The Other Side of the Mountain in 1975, and The Other Side of the Mountain Part II in 1978.

Source: Wikipedia

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