The Gene Gillis Award - Alpine

Stella Buchheister

The Gene Gillis Award

For Outstanding Athletics

Stella Buchheister

Stella Buchheister had a dominant performance at the Rocky Central Regional USSS Championships in Steamboat snagging wins in the Super G, Alpine Combined, Slalom and Overall with a Silver Medal in the Giant Slalom. She followed that up at the U16 National Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine with Silver Medals in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Overall, qualifying as the youngest member of the Women's National Development Group.


Gene Gillis Award For Outstanding Athletics
This award is presented to 1 athlete in each discipline for outstanding results. Gene Gillis was an Olympian and a founder of the Copper Mountain Race Team back in the 1970s. In 1980, along with Mark Jones, Corky McDonald, and Fred Turner, Gene started the Summit Race Team, which provided full-time Alpine ski training for the first time in Summit.  His wife Ina passed away in March 2019.  Until her death, she lived in their house, which is now surrounded by development in the River Run Village at Keystone.

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