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Vale Sasha Nekvapil

Discussion in 'Thredbo' started by gareth_oau, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    http://www.ciau.com.au/snow/rrhist3.asp?rrid=823&mth=6/01/2014

    I did not know of Sasha, but she is a Thredbo icon and worthy of mention on our forum.

    According to Richard:

    Sasha passed away peacefully in her home last Tuesday morning, aged 94. She was an amazing woman, an Olympic skier and one of the pioneers of skiing in Australia. Tony Sponar (of Sponars T-bar fame) and Sasha Nekvapil were the Czechoslovakian male and female Alpine Ski champions and competed in the 1948 Winter Olympics at St Moritz.

    Even if you didn't personally know Sasha, if you know Thredbo you will probably have come in contact with her presence in Thredbo. Sasha's Schuss is named after her. It is accessed from Karel's T-bar named after her deceased husband.

    Sasha pictured skiing on Friday Flats at age 91

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  2. Shrek

    Shrek Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    be in the mist
    much respect!
     
  3. Majikthise

    Majikthise Sage Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Another one gone. It is now a question of who is left
     
  4. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Franks sister.
     
  5. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    He is still going, I was wondering if it was an older sister, and it was. Part of Thredbo history.
     
  6. snowduck

    snowduck One of Us

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  7. sastrugi

    sastrugi At the centre of it all Ski Pass: Gold

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    I had the pleasure of skiing with Sasha on a couple of occasions, escorting her with friends in the Basin. A very glamorous lady and a beautiful person. She retired from skiing 3 years ago, Frank also retired from skiing aged 91. He still managed to get a couple of seasons in after his knee replacement in his very late 80s ;)

    SBS had a feature on the 3 of them escaping Europe during the war, it was a fascinating program.
    http://www.digitales.com.au/item.asp?ItemID=166467186&CatID=113&Start=5240
     
  8. sastrugi

    sastrugi At the centre of it all Ski Pass: Gold

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  9. Majikthise

    Majikthise Sage Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks Sas that had me confused.
     
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  10. backCountryJules

    backCountryJules First Runs

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    Inspiring.... Ageism is quite common and a pain in the ass
     
  11. sastrugi

    sastrugi At the centre of it all Ski Pass: Gold

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    So is ageing, when you get to that age ;)