At 70 years old, Salt Lake City’s first and only female mayor, Deedee Corradini, passed away on Sunday afternoon. In July of 2014, Corradini was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and fought for her life for 6 months.
The Rhode Island native will always be remembered for her large impact on the sport of skiing throughout her career. During her time as mayor, she finalized Salt Lake’s bid to host the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, accepted the 1998 Olympic flag on behalf of Salt Lake City in Japan, was the first woman to bring home an Olympic flag, helped secure approval and funding for Salt Lake’s TRAX light rail line, and urged the construction of a new stadium for Salt Lake’s pro baseball team, and the Gateway Project. Later, the former mayor served as Women’s Ski Jumping USA President for over 10 years.
Corradini is well known for ensuring women’s Nordic ski jumping to be recognized as an Olympic sport. Take a look back at the interview below by Park City Television where Corradini discusses the victory for women’s equality.
Condolences to the Corradini family from The Ski Channel.