Member Login

Logging In
Invalid username or password.
Incorrect Login. Please try again.

not a member? sign-up now!

Signing up could earn you gear and it helps to keep offensive content off of our site.


In Memoriam: Diana Golden Brosnihan

posted: 12/18/2001
by Cindy Hirschfeld

Former disabled ski racer Diana Golden Brosnihan died of cancer on August 26, at age 38. Brosnihan, who lost much of her right leg to bone cancer at age 12, began ski racing in high school and competed on the U.S. Disabled Ski Team from 1979 to 1982 and 1985 to 1990. In an interview last year, Brosnihan, describing herself as a Type A personality, said, "It wasn't about wanting to overcome cancer; it was about wanting to kick butt."

Kick butt she did, winning 19 gold medals at the U.S. Disabled Alpine Championships and 10 golds at the World Championships. She also competed in the Calgary Olympics in 1988, when disabled racing was featured as a demonstration sport. Skiing on one ski and with regular poles instead of outriggers made for incredibly strong technique -- and a left leg as wide around as her waist. She was so strong, in fact, that she was also competitive in nondisabled races. She later became a motivational speaker and was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 1997.

Brosnihan once foreran a women's World Cup downhill race in Aspen. "My times were about 20 percent off of the top racers -- a lifetime in skiing -- but I was pretty damn proud of it," she remembered. Indeed, her entire life was something to be proud of.

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • No HTML tags allowed

More information about formatting options

Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.
All submitted comments are subject to the license terms set forth in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use