Hall of Fame Class of 2008
Liz McIntyre was born in Hanover, New Hampshire on April 5, 1965. She attended Dartmouth College before moving west to pursue her career as a freestyle skier. Joining the U.S. Ski Team at the age of 19 she spent twenty years on the team competing as a member of three Olympic Teams (1992, 1994 and 1998) before becoming one of the team’s leading coaches.
As a moguls skier she won four World Cup events, all of them in Tignes, France (1987, 1992, 1996 and 1997). She finished in the top ten in 18 World Cup events.
Leading up to the Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 1994 she focused her efforts on her “airs” tricks. The effort paid off. The leader after the preliminaries she put in a nearly flawless performance that earned her the silver medal behind Norway’s Lise Hattestad.
Liz retired from competitive skiing following the Olympic Games in Nagano but was lured back to the team to be its technical coach. She quickly applied her experience as a competitor and was highly regarded as an athlete focused coach. She demonstrated amazing tenacity and brought innovation to her work. The members of the U.S. Freestyle team became known for quiet upper bodies and supple leg movements in moguls and enjoyed considerable success.
During those years, from 1999 to 2006, the team produced world champions Toby Dawson, Nate Roberts, Jeremy Bloom, Hannah Kearney and Ann Battelle as well as a long list of World Cup wins and three Olympic medals.
Through this until her retirement in 2006, Liz McIntyre was regarded as the glue of the team. When she retired, head coach Jeff Wintersteen said, “Liz has been such a blessing and did such an outstanding job…We’re stoked because we’ve been able to have her working for our athletes this long.”
She moved to Granby, Colorado where she works for Twin Enviro Services of Steamboat Springs.
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