[FWM News] John Gianotti
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Mon Apr 15 14:00:08 PDT 2019
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A masters legend has left us. Just one week before the annual masters national championships in March that brought together many who knew and raced with him, John Gianotti passed quietly at the age of 90.
John's ski racing career took off in the late 1940's as captain of the UNR ski team, and continued until health and hip problems in his 80's finally closed his racing career, though even then he remained active and continued to ski and golf regularly. John was a great ski racer and champion, winning US and FIS international masters competitions, and was named US masters racer of the year 3 times, a great recognition of his racing accomplishments.
Perhaps even more than his racing, John was known as a great character about whom stories abound among all who knew him. At this season's Viva Italia races at Heavenly, a perpetual FW trophy that John started as a unique tribute to whoever he felt deserving of recognition, the post-race gathering of competitors became a sunny afternoon session of sharing John G. stories. And at the March national championships, with many of his racing friends from around the country gathered, Rees Palermo gave a tribute to John's memory by sharing stories of their racing adventures, closing with a rousing "Viva Italia!!" cheer from all.
John's spirit will remain a part of Heavenly and the mountains he loved, and his joy in life will continue to inspire all of us who share his love of ski racing. How did it go today? "It was a great run!"
John Gianotti obituary: farwestmasters.org/announcements/2019/John_Gianotti_Obituary.pdf
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