Olympic Champion Andrea Mead Lawrence Dies

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 2, 2009 12:03 am



One of America’s great Olympic heroines, Andrea Mead Lawrence, passed away Monday at her home near Mammoth Mountain, CA at the age of 76. A three-time Olympian, and two-time Olympic gold medalist at the 1952 Olympic Winter Games in Oslo, Lawrence helped establish the U.S. Ski Team as a force on the international circuit.

"Andrea Mead Lawrence was one of the most respected champions of all time," said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Bill Marolt. "As a teenager, she led by her example of perseverance in never giving up. Nearly a half century later, she remains a distinguished role model for today’s athletes."

Lawrence took the Olympic slalom gold by winning the second of two runs by a remarkable two seconds—after she had fallen in the first run. Olympic film producer Bud Greenspan was so impressed, that he dubbed Lawrence the number one Winter Olympian.

Lawrence continued to shine in the sport of skiing throughout her life, and was one of America’s most foremost spokespersons for her sport and the Olympics. She was inducted into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 1958 and was recently nominated by the USSA for consideration for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. She will be greatly missed.