The Korea Times

Alpine World Cup circuit pioneer dies

- DENVER (AP) —

The plaque that rested for years on ski icon Bob Beattie’s desk was inscribed with a matter-of-fact motto: It can be done.

An all-too-fitting mantra for the ski racing pioneer who helped launch the World Cup circuit more than 50 years ago and was part of the commentary crew that called one of the most thrilling Alpine races at the 1976 Winter Games.

Beattie died Sunday in Fruita, Colorado, after dealing with various health issues. He was 85.

“Once he made up his mind something needed to happen, he would keep pounding away until he got it done,” his son, Zeno, said in a phone interview. “He had a lot of friends and they always came up to him and said, ‘If it wasn’t for you, I never would’ve accomplish­ed whatever.’”

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