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  • Sven Coomer


  • Born: October 12, 1940

  • Hometown: Sydney, Australia

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Sven Coomer

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Sven Coomer is the man who made plastic boots comfortable and skiable, and revolutionized the way we ski. His influence is universal and timeless: boots he designed 50 years ago set the pattern for all race boots right down to today. He deserves our thanks, and recognition.

At age 16, Sven was the youngest Olympian at the 1956 Summer Games, training with Australia’s champion swimmers and runners. He studied product engineering in Sweden, then put his experience to use consulting on athletic shoe design for Puma. He also became an influential ski instructor and coach.

When Sven applied his knowledge to ski boots, Nordica hired him to run R&D. His very first design won Olympic slalom gold in 1972; his Astral “banana boot” was imitated everywhere; and his GP instantly became the model for all race boots that followed. He created customizable innerboots and trained an entire generation of bootfitters.

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