About Cindy Nelson
Cindy Nelson burst onto the ranks of international ski racing in
1971. Fearlessly schussing her way to the top seed in her first
two World Cup competitions! Ski racing fans and the worlds
sport media took immediate notice of this unknown from Minnesota.
In the Finish line, the young and inexperienced Cindy told her US
Ski Team coach, "I can be better, I know I can! I can WIN!"
Skiing came naturally for Cindy. She learned to ski soon after she had learned to walk. Along with her four siblings, Cindy first donned her skis at the tender age of two! The Nelsons loved to ski, it was FUN and a way of life at their family-owned and operated ski resort in Lutsen, MN.
With this natural confidence, technical prowess and her quiet "can
do" attitude, she rose to become one of the top skiers in the
world from 1971-1985. A career impeded by injuries, Nelson was not
deterred and learned to overcome fear and face the challenges of
international competition. Her spectacular career is highlighted
by four Olympic and four World Championship team berths, where she
won three World Championship medals and one Olympic medal. Cindy
held top seed ranking in all three of the Alpine disciplines during
her 14-year career and was considered Americas's finest combined
skier of the modern era. Nelson also, became the first American
to win a World Cup DH, the first skier to win a World Cup Super
GS and the first woman to hold the position of Chief of Course for
a major Alpine competition.
Upon retiring from international ski racing, Nelson remained deep
in the heart of skiing. She spent seven years as the Director of
Skiing for Vail Associates, where she worked in PR. Marketing, RE,
Ski School and Mountain Operations. In 1992, Cindy started her own
business focusing her energies on her work in television broadcasting,
personal appearances and consulting.
Today, her business is known as, Cindy Nelson Ltd. and although
her primary source of work is still ski related, she has now broadened
her services to include golf activities. Skiing and golf are her
passions. However, unlike skiing where she is revered
shes the one seeking perfection! Now Cindy spends more time
playing golf than skiing and sports a single digit handicap, making
her a ringer for any foursome. The two sports offer an ideal environment
for Cindys work, where she shares her knowledge and passion
seeking to enhance the overall experience for others through her
Corporate Outings, Personal Appearances and Motivational Speaking.
Nelsons interest in the golf world goes beyond her duties
at Cindy Nelson Ltd., she is deeply involved in her familys
real estate project, "The Heritage" on the Superior National
Golf Course in Lutsen, MN.
Still trying to make a difference, when Cindy is not
busy with work, she takes an active interest in non-profit organizations.
She is a Trustee Board member of the US Ski and Snowboard Foundation
and the Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation.
In her free time, she enjoys the many recreational activities of
her home in Vail. "Ill be in the mountains sharing the
day with my family and yellow lab, Blaze. Or, you can find me on
or the slopes still searching for that perfect turn!"