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Sally Neidlinger Hudson

Hall of Fame Class of 1971

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Sally Neidlinger Hudson compiled an outstanding record of achievements, winning many national titles, and competed for the United States at the 1952 Olympic Games.

Sally Neidlinger Hudson was born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 28, 1929, one of a set of identical twins. Her family moved to Hanover, New Hampshire where she and her twin sister, Susan, were introduced to skiing at the age of four. Serious skiing began when the rope tow at Woodstock, Vermont enabled them to speed up the hills so they could get additional time on the slopes.

Sally began competitive skiing as a member of the Dartmouth Outing Club. Over time she skied for the Buffalo Ski Club, the Arapahoe Ski Club, the Denver Ski Club and finally the Sun Valley Ski Club.

She was a student at the University of Colorado and a member of the Denver Ski Club when selected for the 1952 Olympic Ski Team. Prior to selection, Sally had amassed an impressive race record in all the ski areas of the country. This record included: third place in the National Downhill at Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire in 1946, the Kate Smith Trophy at Lake Placid setting a course record in 1947, the Harriman Cup at Sun Valley in 1949 and the National Slalom and Downhill Championships at Whitefish, Montana.

Sally made the 1950 F.I.S. Team as well as the 1952 United States Women’s Olympic Team. She won National Titles in downhill and slalom combined at Aspen in 1953 as well as the Roche Cup and the Harriman Cup the same year.

From 1955 to 1968 she was a buyer in the ski business working out of Westwood, California. In 1969 Sally moved to Squaw Valley where she became active in the Far West Ski Association. Eventually her involvement included the United States Ski Association as well as the United States Ski Association Eligibility Committee. In 1956 she was named to the Olympic Selection Committee and she served on the United States Ski Team Uniform Committees in 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964.

For her impressive list of Achievements and contributions to skisport, Sally Hudson was elected to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 1971.

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