Manchester Native Betsy Shaw learned to ski at Bromley, eventually racing for both her high school and UNH. After attending the US Open and witnessing how much fun the women athletes were having, she had a change of heart. Once transitioning to boarding, she also realized that boarding was an easy way to make some extra money on the weekend. She rose through the competitive ranks, and joined the World Cup Tour. Her international success included World Championship medals and titles and culminated in representing the US in the inaugural Snowboard events at the Nagano Olympics in 1998. While traveling world was a great experience, Betsy looked forward to returning home to the US Open, winning the slalom event in 1991.
Photo credit: Hubert Schriebl, Neil Korn, Trevor Graves, Ian McKenzie, Skye Chalmers, @ Manchester, Vermont
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