Andrea Mead Lawrence, Skier
The Rutland native is the only U.S. woman to earn two gold medals
in Alpine skiing at one Olympics (the slalom and the giant slalom
at the 1952 Games). She grew up skiing at the resort her family
owned at Pico Peak and qualified for the 1948 Olympics at age 15.
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
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.
B/W PHOTO: BETTMANN/CORBIS (MEAD LAWRENCE)
COLOR PHOTO: JERRY COOKE (KIDD)
COLOR PHOTO: NEIL LEIFER (KOCH)
COLOR PHOTO: J. BAKER/B. BENNETT STUDIOS (LECLAIR)
COLOR PHOTO: BOB MARTIN (SHEEHAN)
COLOR PHOTO: ERIK ISAAKSON/ICON SMI (POWERS)