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Boot Test Team Roster

Boot Test Team Roster

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By the SKI Magazine Editors
posted: 12/12/2001



 

Lauralee Bowie

41, 132 lbs.; a rookie on our team, but a 12-year-veteran of Ski Canada ski tests; three-time Canadian national freestyle champ and former world freestyle titlist; now operates Lauralee Bowie Ski Adventures.

Dana Cagen

41, 185 lbs.; assistant ski-school director at Whiteface, N.Y.; personal alpine guide specializing in equipment; former PSIA examiner and coach.

Steve Cohen

46, 200 lbs.; SKI Magazine senior contributing editor; boot-test director since 1984; founded Gold Medal test program; marketing director for MasterFit University bootfitting clinics.

Lance Cygielman

44, 180 lbs.; owner of Ski Vacation Planners in Jackson Hole, Wyo.; moved office 15 minutes closer to lifts last winter so he could squeeze in one extra tram daily.

Mark Elling

32, 165 lbs.; certified backcountry guide with Mt. Bailey (Ore.) Snowcat Skiing; author of The All-Mountain Skier (McGraw Hill); technician and bootfitter at Mt. Bachelor Ski & Sport; again led menin number of models tested.

Becky Eriksson

41, 120 lbs.; former U.S. Ski Team member and pro racer; says being stay-at-home mom of two young boys is more hectic than race circuits.

Mike Evans

42, 150 lbs.; lifelong ski bum; Mt. Bachelor Learning Center supervisor; junior race coach; SKI Magazine boot tester since 1987.

Bob Gleason

50, 180 lbs.; master boot technician; co-owner of The Boot Doctors in Telluride, Colo., and Taos, N.M.; curriculum director, MasterFit University; man of steel, unbowed by complex ankle/tibia fracture sustained on day before last year's test camp.

Greg Hoffmann

45, 185 lbs.; master boot technician; owner of the Green Mountain Orthotic Lab and Performance Center at First Run Ski Shop in Stratton Mountain, Vt.; certified pedorthist; MasterFit University bootfitting instructor.

Norman Mayall

44, 140 lbs.; freelance advertising copywriter from Bend; former employee of K2 and Olin skis, where he was senior product manager and race technician.

Nicole Pelletier

29, 130 lbs.; hard-charging self-described "international woman of mystery"; former Nor-Am racer and NCSA slalom champ; freelance writer; event coordinator for Hood River, Ore., Gorge Games; also a ski tester.

Meg Quinn

43, 139 lbs.; local veterinarian; experienced race coach; accomplished junior racer; top woman in highly-competitive Bend City League this winter (narrowly nudging out fellow tester Cara Walther).

Jeff Rich

46, 150 lbs.; boot-test technical director; master boot technician; certified pedorthist; educational director of MasterFit University; owner of U.S. Orthotic Center, New York City.

Doug Sabanosh

29, 160 lbs; skimag.com webmaster; former Squaw Valley, CA, instructor; a new addition this year to both ski and boot test teams.

Neal Scholey

38, 185 lbs.; Canadian Avalanche Association-certified snowcat skiing guide atMt. Bailey, Ore.; real-estate salesman in summer; test team's go-to guy for local knowledge.

Erik Steinberg

48, 192 lbs.; former USST downhill coach during Bill Johnson//Doug Lewis era; four-time NCAA downhill champion; gave up full-time skiing to bank bigger dough in real estate.

Scott Thompson

30, 165 lbs.; certified pedorthist and master boot technician; partner in Green Mountain Orthotic Labs and Performance Center at Stratton, Vt.; associate instructor, MasterFit University; never met a boot he didn't want to take apart.

Jeannie Thoren

55, 160 lbs.; president of the Jeannie Thoren Ski Equipment Clinics for Women, an instructional and equipment-familiarization program for women (see page 134); named one of the 100 Most Influential Skiers of all-time by this magazine; Skiing for Women Hall of Famer; also a ski tester.

Cara Walther

34, 125 lbs.; orthopedic surgeon and physican for the U.S. Women's Ski Team; former NCAA All-American skier at Middlebury College; Junior Olympics champion; Burke Mountain Academy (Vt.) graduate.
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