LINKing Turns: You’re never to old to ski

Midwest Ski Journal likes to highlight a few pieces of skiing internet worth your time in LINKing Turns. Find the best, most important, least important and otherwise links here each week. 

This week, we look at two people who show that skiing is truly a lifelong sport no matter where you are.

TURN 1: Minnetonka Beach woman continues alpine skiing success at 79 (Alex Hagan/KARE 11)

At 79, this woman from Minnetonka Beach, Minn. is still smashing gates at Buck Hill and taking her talents overseas to compete in the Masters Olympics.

You love to see it. Lilla Gidlow is an inspiration for everyone. If I’m skiing hard at age 79, that’s a life incredibly well lived.

Somebody who is 60 comes up to you and says I want to be like you when I grow up.

Lilla Gildow via KARE 11

According to KARE 11, she was the oldest competitor in the Masters Olympics competition in Innsbruck, Austria.

If she’s not impressive enough for you, she had a tumor in her spinal cord a few years back 20 years ago. She told KARE 11 that she had to re-learn how to walk and ski again. Incredible.

TURN 2: This 100-Year-Old Skier Still Hits the Slopes (Graham Averill/Outside Magazine)

Here’s another old-timer skier, but you might recognize this one.

Klaus Obermeyer, the founder of the Obermeyer outerwear brand, is still crushing alpine at age 100.

Graham Averill, of Outside Magazine, spotlighted Obermeyer’s career on and off the slopes.

Klaus Obermeyer has seen the world change drastically in the last century. But he’s remained the same. The founder of Sport Obermeyer just celebrated his 100th birthday and is entering his triple digits with the vigor of a man half his age—he still goes into the office, skis as often as he can, and is perpetually stoked for fresh powder and fresh challenges. 

Graham Averill/Outside Magazine

Obermeyer is another inspiration because of his longevity. It’s mindblowing to me that I could still be doing this sport I love decades from now (*knock on wood for our collective health).

One of the best tidbits in the piece is how he helped popularize skiing in a little place called Aspen, which is described in the story as a “depressed mining town.”

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