An icon of the sport of Alpine Skiing and one of its most passionate pioneers, Bob Beattie passed away on 1st April 2018 in Fruita, Colorado.
Beattie, 85, was one of the originators of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup and the founding coach of the U.S. Ski Team. In 1966, Beattie partnered with journalist Serge Lang and French coach Honorė Bonnet to align the leading ski races around the globe in the first Alpine Ski World Cup.
Beattie was a driving force for ski racing his entire life and among sport leaders who built Alpine Skiing into one of the pillar events at the Olympic Winter Games.
The U.S. Ski Team and FIS presented Beattie with the FIS Journalist Award in 1997 and during the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Finals at Aspen last March, he was the focal point of a 50 Years of Ski Racing tribute. Beattie is one of the most decorated officials in skiing.
FIS would like to express its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Bob Beattie, whose significant commitment and contributions to the sport of skiing will be long remembered.