Jill Kinmont Boothe (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1967
Born: February 16, 1936, Los Angeles, CA
Died: February 9, 2012, Bishop, CA
Jill Kinmont first skied at the age of 12 when her family settled in Bishop, California in the heart of the west Sierra ski country. She progressed rapidly winning 6 medals at the 1954 Junior Nationals including a victory in the slalom. She also finished 4th in the national GS championship.
While training at Alta UT in January of 1955 she suffered an accident that left her a quadriplegic. Despite this tragedy her fighting spirit became a great source of inspiration that eventually led to the production of a movie about her life. She continued to promote skiing and attended the 1960 Olympic Games in Squaw Valley as a hostess and correspondent. She became a teacher. In retirement she continues to reside in Bishop and is a devoted artist.