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Tamara McKinney Biography - A Family Affair, Skiing On The World Stage, Chronology, A Different Kind Of Education

american nine slalom event

1962-

American skier

Tamara McKinney was the best American woman on skis in the 1980s. She was only 16 when she first finished in the top three in a World Cup ski event in 1978, and her dominance in the sport continued through her victory in the combined event at the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Alpine Ski Championships in 1989. She is still the only American woman ever to have captured the World Cup overall title, and her 18 career first-place finishes (nine in slalom and nine in giant slalom) constitute an American record.

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