Diana Golden (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1997
Born: March 20,1963 Lincoln, MA
Died: August 26, 2001 Providence, RI
Diana Golden started skiing when she was four-years-old. At age 12 she lost her right leg to cancer. Nevertheless, four years later she was competing on her high school ski team and competed in her first U.S. Adaptive Ski Championships as an all-around alpine skier.
She was a member of the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team from 1979-’82, and again from 1985-‘90. Her goal was not to be one of the best, but be the best. It was a goal she sought with great determination and achieved in high style. She amassed an incredible total of gold medals during her years racing. She took home ten gold medals from the World Adaptive Ski Championships and dominated the U.S. Adaptive Alpine Championships in slalom, GS, downhill and combined with 19 gold medals. She won all three events and the combined championships at national finals in 1987 and ’88. When adaptive skiing was introduced as a Demonstration Sport at the Winter Olympics at Calgary in 1988, the world watched her lead a U.S. sweep in the women’s adaptive slalom.
She received more than 30 awards, honors and degrees, including being elected into the Women’s Sports Hall of Fame the same year she was elected into the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame. She received the prestigious Flo Hyman Award from the Women’s Sports Foundation in 1991. She won the USSA Beck International and Buddy Werner Awards. She was named Ski Racing Magazine’s “Ski Racer of the Year” in 1988 and “U.S. Skier of the Year” by Skiing Magazine, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and the North American Snow Journalists Association.