Chad Fleischer - Athlete - 2013
While Chad Fleischer’s career as a ski racer has made him a household name, his work as a television broadcaster, spokesperson, and businessman has allowed him to share his love for skiing with the worldAlthough Fleischer was born in Nebraska, his family relocated to Colorado and he quickly discovered a passion for ski racing. Fleischer began competing in the Super G and downhill events at a young age as a member of Ski Club Vail and was a force to be reckoned with. In 1985, at 13 years old, he was named to the Topolino World Team. When he was 18, Fleischer became the downhill National Junior Champion.As a 12-year member of the U.S. Ski Team, Fleischer racked up a series of incredible awards. He won the National Downhill Championships in both 1995 and 1999, skied in the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics, and competed in five World Championships. In 1999, Fleischer won the silver medal in the World Cup Finals and was named Ski Racing Magazine’s Alpine Skier of the Year. During the final years of his career, he served as NASTAR spokesman.People loved watched Fleischer race—he wasn’t afraid to take risks, which sometimes meant big crashes. One famous photo showed Fleischer’s boots and bindings intact after a fall, but the rest of his skis were missing.After retiring as a professional skier, Fleischer turned to broadcast media to spread the joy of skiing. He became co-host and analyst for Outdoor Life Network and Universal Sports from 2002 to 2010. Additionally, he skied and starred in several films including Skiing’s Last Stand, Deep Winter, and The Thin Line. Fleischer has continued to serve the ski and snowboard world as a motivational speaker and through his charity work with organizations like the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum, Ski Club Vail, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Vail Valley Foundation.Fleischer resides in Steamboat Springs with his family where he owns and operates Fleischer Sports, a high-end ski and sports retail store. He also founded the Chad Fleischer Ski & Tee event to support disadvantaged young athletes.Chad Fleischer has influenced the sport as a competitor, news commentator, film star, local businessman, and supporter. His outstanding career has allowed him to share his enthusiasm for skiing with audiences nationwide, and brought much pride to the Colorado winter sports industry.