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THE POLL
Compiled by Bill Syken
March 29, 2004
Vermonters weigh in on sports*
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March 29, 2004

The Poll

Vermonters weigh in on sports*

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Billy Kidd, Skier
Raised in Stowe, Kidd was America's first world-class male Alpine skier. He won a silver medal in the slalom at the 1964 Olympics and the world Alpine combined championship in 1970. He was the first American to earn the latter title.

Bill Koch, Skier
By taking a silver at the 1976 Olympics, the Brattleboro native became the first—and only—American ever to win a medal in cross-country skiing. He was an eight-time national champion and skied in four Olympics; in 1982 he won the Nordic World Cup.

John LeClair, Hockey player
The Philadelphia Flyers left wing, from St. Albans, was the first American-born NHL player to have three 50-goal seasons. The University of Vermont alum led Montreal to the 1993 Stanley Cup, scoring game-winners in consecutive overtime matches in the finals.

Patty Sheehan, Golfer
The Middlebury-born Sheehan had 35 career LPGA victories, six of them in majors. She captained America's two most recent Solheim Cup teams and in 1987 was named Sportswoman of the Year by SI, one of eight athletes honored for their altruistic deeds.

Ross Powers, Snowboarder
The 25-year-old from South Londonderry won the 2002 Olympic gold medal in halfpipe, leading a U.S. sweep of the event. He competed in his first U.S. Open snowboarding championship at age nine. Powers runs an annual snowboard camp at Stratton Mountain.

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