Premiered July 4, 2013
You just won gold in the Winter Olympics! What do you do now?
This is Bill Redeker with your weekly Park City History Bit.
Nicknamed skiing’s first “Super Star,” Stein Eriksen became – and is – a big part of the Park City community, as well as Deer Valley Resort’s ambassador of skiing. Stein came to the U.S. with Norwegian friends in tow after winning a gold medal in the 1952 Winter Olympics. He revolutionized the world of skiing, in part by using his background in gymnastics to devise aerials and kick-started the sport of freestyle skiing. Stein gave some class to the 70s by doing a forward summersault on skis every afternoon at Park City Ski Area, to the thrill of everyone on the hill. Now 85, he still knows how to charm any ski enthusiast.
This Park City History Bit is brought to you by the Park City Museum, where you can explore Park City history every day on Main Street, and sponsored by Julie Hopkins of Keller Williams Real Estate.