Suzy Harris Rytting (1930 - 2022)
Suzy cut an incredible swath in the regional and national competitive ski scenes in the 1940s. That swath started on a pair of borrowed boots and a last-place finish in her first major race. It reached its zenith when she was named a member of the U.S. Olympic Ski Team in 1952, competing in Oslo, Norway.
Her skiing triumphs during the late 1940s established her as one of the finest female skiers in the country:
1947: The Snow Cup, Knudsen Cup, and Glacier (Mt. Timpanogos) races
1948: The Harriman Cup and National Championships Combined
1949: The Rustler Cup, Snow Cup, Western Interstate Championships, Millicent Cup, Intermountain Ski Association (ISA) Championships, and Timpanogos Glacier Race
From 1947 through 1952 she was national slalom, downhill, and giant slalom champion, and was an eight-time national medalist. She won the Mary Cornelia National Collegiate Trophy in 1947, was named an alternate on the 1948 U.S. Olympic Alpine Team, and was a member of the 1950s U.S. Women’s FIS World Cup Team (which was recognized as the first USA Ski Team).
Suzy was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 1988, and in 1999 she was named one of Utah’s “50 Greatest Athletes of the Century” by The Salt Lake Tribune.