Ski Racing History
Doug began bombing down Vermont’s mountains at age three and ski racing at age eight. He enrolled at the Green Mountain Valley School Ski Academy in 1978, and won his first title at the Junior Olympics in 1980. The following year, at age seventeen, he jumped to the international level and competed in his first World Cup at Aspen.
Doug joined the USST in 1981 and competed in the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia and the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. Doug’s greatest moment came at the 1985 World Championships when he won the bronze medal in the Downhill. Doug also collected two U.S. National Downhill Championships in 1986 and 1987.
After retiring from the U.S. Ski Team in 1988, Doug graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Vermont with a degree in Small Business Management. And although his World Cup racing days were over, he jumped at the chance to again strap on a pair of Downhill racing skis to compete in the Jeep King of the Mountain Pro Downhill Series. In 1994 Doug had the honor of winning the inaugural Jeep King of the Mountain Downhill race against eleven other Olympic and World Championship medalists. He raced in this series until 1998 and continues to race in other Legend and Celebrity events.
Airtime & Adrenaline
Two things Doug loves? Big air and a big adrenaline rush! Since retiring, Doug has…
- Won the longest Airtime award during the Legend’s Downhill, jumping 178 feet in the middle of a race.
- Out-jumped 20 Olympians in Battery Park in New York City off a 60-foot ski jump.
- Gap-jumped 50’ over a John Deere tractor on Bragg Hill Rd in the Mad River Valley.
- Skied the 1992, 1994, and 2002 Olympic Downhill courses with a video camera strapped to his back for TV.
- Skied through the glades in Killington shooting an Uzi at another stunt-skier for the movie, “Icebreakers”.
- Appeared in four Warren Miller Films
Today, Doug is actively involved in every level of the ski industry as a broadcaster, TV host, ski celebrity, motivational speaker, product consultant, spokesperson, journalist, coach and trainer. He served four years on the USOC’s Athlete’s Advisory Council and currently serves on the Boards of the Vermont Ski Museum and Green Mountain Valley School.
During the Winter season, Doug is a broadcast Analyst for NBC Universal Sports. He covers all of the Alpine World Cup ski races throughout the season. When he's not in the studio, he can be found on the slopes as a ski celebrity at corporate events, ski tester for SKI Magazine, and ski coach for athletes ages 8-80!
In the Summer, Doug, along with his wife Kelley, runs ELITEAM Conditioning Camps in Vermont. ELITEAM focuses on educating young athletes on the importance of Sports Physiology, Sports Psychology, and Sports Nutrition. ELITEAM also offers Corporate and Group Team-Building, Leadership, and Risk-Taking programs.