Jack Benedick - Inspiration / Athlete - 2011

Jack Benedick has had an extraordinary impact on the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. As a soldier, skier athlete, pioneer and leader, Jack Benedick’s 42 years of work has made a difference. In 1969 Jack lost both of his legs in combat in Vietnam. While doing his rehab ant Fitsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver, he was introduced to skiing at Arapahoe Basin. He turned to skiing as a form of rehabilitation. Once he learned to ski, his passion, innovation, drive and leadership have created a lasting impact on adaptive skiing; specifically, the evolution of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team to the U.S. Adaptive Ski team, and the success of the athletes. A remarkable athlete, Jack won numerous medals in the Paralympics after which he became adaptive sports’ most influential advocate. He has provided inspiration to many adaptive athletes and to all who have contact with the adaptive sports world. The growth of adaptive skiing over the past four decades can be directly tracked back to Jack, the adaptive sports most prolific pioneer. (Deceased; Jack passed away in Denver at the age of 70 in March of 2013)