When Jeff Hamilton was a kid, he spent hours in his bedroom practicing his tuck. The early aerodynamics training paid off: when speed skiing was included in the 1992 Winter Olympics, Hamilton and his tuck were there to win a bronze medal. “Speed skiing is basically drag racing,” Jeff explains. “Zero to one-fifty in about fifteen seconds.” The four-time World Speed Skiing Champion was the first person to break 150 mph on skis. Jeff also holds a more painful record: the fastest crash (151 mph) in a nonmotorized sport. The ride included six football fields of sliding, the first taking two seconds. Ow! Fortunately, Jeff escaped with relatively minor injuries and can still be found on the slopes of Tahoe’s Squaw Valley, where he is a managing broker of Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty, and Sugar Bowl, where his daughters, Eleanore and Frances, are on the ski team. Jeff and his wife, Carolyn, live in Truckee, California, in a home where music is even more important than skiing.
Gear Inspired by Jeff
Jeff’s sweater has stripes running straight down the sleeves, just as his skis run straight down the mountain.