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Billy Kidd

Olympic athlete from United States of America

William Winston "Billy" Kidd (born April 13, 1943 in Burlington, Vermont) is a former alpine ski racer, a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1962-70 and a pro racer from 1970-72. Kidd grew up in the 1950s in the ski town of Stowe, Vermont, where his family ran a motel, and he became a top junior ski racer at Stowe with the Mount Mansfield Ski Team. Kidd skied for the University of Vermont in Burlington before being named to the U.S. Ski Team in 1962. A silver medalist in the slalom at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Kidd was the first American man (along with Jimmie Heuga, who took bronze in the same race) to earn an Olympic medal in alpine skiing. Both Kidd and Heuga were just 20 years old at the time. Kidd also took third in the combined, then a non-medal event in the Olympics (but a world championship medal event). He finished 8th in the giant slalom and 16th in the downhill. In the last non-World Cup season of 1966, he won three big races in Europe and was actually outracing Jean-Claude Killy. Kidd suffered the first of two major injuries that almost ended his career, an ankle sprain, which resulted in a tendon operation. Later the same year he broke his leg in downhill  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1943-04-13
Place of birth
Burlington
Nationality
United States of America

Education

Institution From To
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Vermont

Athlete facts

Sports
Alpine skiing

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