Wallace Werner - Athlete - 1977

"Buddy" Werner, a native of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, began his skiing activities as a ski jumper on famed Howelsen Hill, winning his first Regional Championship in jumping at the age of 10. However, somewhere during his formative years, he decided to concentrate on alpine events. As a competitive skier he completed a skiing record which is unequaled by any other American.  Buddy was a three-time member of the United States Olympic Team and twice a member of the United States FIS Team. His international competition began in 1954 as a FIS team member, and in 1956 as an Olympian at the winter games in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy. He competed in the FIS games in Bad Gastein, Austria in 1958. Buddy became the first American male to win a major European downhill, winning at the Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuehl, Austria. Although a team member for the 1960 Olympic Winter Games at Squaw Valley, California, a broken leg kept him from competing. In 1964, Buddy was again an Olympic competitor for the United States at Innsbruck, Austria. The same year, he was killed in an avalanche in Switzerland.  (Deceased)