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Billy Kidd Wiki
Billy Kidd is a former World Cup alpine ski racer, a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1962 to 1970. At the 1964 Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Kidd, and teammate Jimmie Heuga became the first American men to win Olympic medals in alpine skiing, winning silver and bronze in the slalom.
Kidd won a gold medal in the combined and a bronze in the slalom at the 1970 World Championships in Val Gardena, Italy. He promptly switched circuits and enjoyed a successful pro ski racing career from 1970 to 1972. Since 1970, he has enjoyed enduring legend status in the sport, and he has remained in the public eye in his job as Director of Skiing at Steamboat Ski Resort in Colorado.
Billy Kidd Biography
In 1969, Kidd graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. degree in economics.
Kidd made a name for himself that first season at age 18 with an eighth place in the slalom and a 15th place in the giant slalom (GS) at the 1962 World Championships in Chamonix, France. After enduring a season hampered by injuries, Kidd entered the 1964 season with high hopes and gritty determination.
A silver medalist in the slalom at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Kidd was the first American man (along with Heuga, who took bronze in the same race) to earn an Olympic medal in alpine skiing. Both Kidd and Heuga were just 20 years old at the time. Kidd finished seventh in the giant slalom and 16th in the downhill.
Finishing all three races kept him eligible for the combined, then a non-medal event in the Olympics (but a World Championship medal event), and he took third for the FIS bronze.
In the final non-World Cup season of 1966, Kidd won three important races in Europe and was actually outracing Jean-Claude Killy. Kidd suffered the first of two major injuries that almost ended his career, an ankle sprain in late January, which resulted in a tendon operation. Later the same year he broke his right tibia in two places during downhill training at the 1966 World Championships, held in August in Portillo, Chile. The injury also kept him out of the first World Cup season of 1967. During this injury time, he returned to college at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
The following year he took fifth in the giant slalom (GS) at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France. He took 15th in the downhill but did not finish the first run of the slalom, which was held in thick fog. Following those Olympics, he won a World Cup slalom in Aspen in March and finished 7th in the overall World Cup standings, the best from North America. For the 1968 World Cup season, Kidd finished in the top ten in all three events: 8th in giant slalom, 9th in downhill, and 10th in slalom.
His first World Cup victory came a month later at the Roch Cup slalom in Aspen, Colorado. His second win came a year later, also a slalom on U.S. snow at Squaw Valley, California. At the 1970 World Championships in Val Gardena, Italy, Kidd won the gold medal in the combined and the bronze in the slalom. On winning the gold, he said, “I’d always promised my mom I’d bring home a gold medal.”
Following the conclusion of the World Championships in mid-February 1970, Kidd retired from the World Cup circuit, and immediately joined the new pro circuit, started by former U.S. Ski Team coach (and Kidd’s and Heuga’s University of Colorado ski coach) Bob Beattie. Kidd won the pro championship the same year, the only racer to hold world titles in the two circuits at once. Nagging injuries led to few starts during the 1972 season and he retired from the pro circuit that fall. He is honorary captain of the Native American Olympic Ski Team.
In 2013, Kidd was inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame. At the invitation of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Kidd served on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics International. He’s also served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and on the Board of The Jimmie Heuga Center (Multiple Sclerosis) in Vail.
He regularly hosts Native American teens at Steamboat for annual ‘Future Olympians’ weekends of skiing and snowboard instruction. Participants come mainly from the Ute reservation near Salt Lake City.
In the late 1980s, Kidd appeared in the award-winning American Express ‘Portraits’ advertising campaign, photographed by Annie Leibovitz at his ranch near Steamboat. The campaign highlighted portraits of some of the most prominent people in the world, with the tagline “Achievers, visionaries, icons…all with one thing in common.” Besides Kidd, other Amex card-carrying celebrities featured in the series included Ella Fitzgerald, Sofia Loren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tip O’Neill, Eric Heiden, Ray Charles, Willie Shoemaker, and Wilt Chamberlin. Billy Kidd hosts corporate ski outings for companies including American Express, Rolex, UPS, American Airlines, Time and Sports Illustrated magazines, and several others.
Billy Kidd Age
William Winston Kidd was born in Burlington, Vermont, U.S. on April 13, 1943. He is 76 years as of 2019. Kidd’s heritage is part Native American (Abenaki)
Billy Kidd Family
William Winston Kidd was born in Burlington, Vermont, and grew up in the ski town of Stowe, where his parents, Bill, and Betty who ran the Buccaneer Motel. With encouragement and coaching from his father, and with support from the town of Stowe, he became a top junior ski racer at Stowe with the Mount Mansfield Ski Team. Along with best friend and skiing rival Jimmie Heuga, he was named to the U.S. Ski Team for the 1962 season.
Billy Kidd Wife
There is no information about his personal information and hence there is very little information about his dating life.
Billy Kidd Net Worth
Kidd is a former World Cup alpine ski racer and a member of the U.S. Ski Team. However, his estimated net worth is still under review but will be updated as soon as it is clear.