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Feb. 21, 1962: Teen-age ski sensation Saubert wins in Switzerland

OREGON SPORTS HISTORY


Jean Saubert, 19, of Lakeview wins the slalom at the White Band of St. Moritz competition in St. Moritz, Swizerland.

Saubert, who attends Lakeview High and was born in Roseburg, is a sophomore at Oregon State.

She dominates her event at St. Moritz, clocking 43.8- and 48.0-second runs for a 91.8 total. Patricia Du Roy Blicquy of Belgium is second at 95.9.

Saubert is in her first year of competition with the U.S. Ski Team. She will go on to win U.S. titles in the downhill and giant slalom in 1963 and 1964, and the national slalom and combined championships in 1964 — among her eight U.S. career crowns.

She will earn a silver medal in the giant slalom at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, where she also will capture a bronze medal in the slalom, losing to French sisters Christine and Marielle Goitschel.SAUBERT

Saubert will continue to ski competitively through the 1966 world championships, where she places fourth in the slalom.

She graduates from OSU in 1966 and teaches physical education and skiing in Utah and Oregon.

Saubert is inducted into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 1976 and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.

She is chosen to be one of the torch bearers at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

She is diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 and dies in Bigfork, Montana in 2007, at age 65.