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New Adaptive Skiing Lodge At Pico To Be Named For Andrea Mead Lawrence

Andrea Mead Lawrence (AP)

A ceremony at Pico Mountain Dec. 15 at noon will mark the official announcement that the new $1.3 million home for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports will be named in honor of the late skiing icon Andrea Mead Lawrence. 

 

The organization is the largest group in the state offering daily programs to people with disabilities. The Lawrence family has committed to help raise the remaining $250,000 necessary to complete the facility.

 

U.S. Paralympian Sarah Will who, like Lawrence, hails from Pico and is a Pico Ski Club alumni, has partnered with several organizations to raise $60,000. The “Access for All” elevator and foyer will be named for her.

 

Lawrence began her career skiing at Pico, her parents’ ski mountain and made the U.S. Ski Team at age 14.  She competed in the 1948 Winter Olympics at 15, taking eighth place in slalom. She later won gold medals in slalom and giant slalom at 1952 Olympics in Oslo, Norway and became the first American skier to win two gold medals in a single Olympics.

 

“Andrea Mead Lawrence continues to provide inspiration to Pico Ski Club kids and their families as well as to skiers of all (dis) abilities in the region and throughout the country,” said Tom Aicher, secretary of the Pico Ski Education Foundation, which has partnered with Vermont Adaptive to build the new facility.

 

Construction on the Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge began in October. The campaign to raise the final funds will continue throughout the winter. Donations are accepted online

 

Photo: Andrea Mead Lawrence, Oslo Olympics 1952 (AP) 

 

 

 

 


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