Date of Birth:
April 25, 1944
City/State of Birth:
Los Angeles, California
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Olympics and Events Attended:
1968 Olympics, Grenoble, France ~ Alpine Skiing and Downhill
Barrows moved to Steamboat in 1950. After receiving a pair of skis from coach and Howelsen Hill manager, Gordy Wren, Barrows became one of the youngest members on the Junior Nationals Team. In 1962 he won every junior event in the Rocky Mountain Division and was voted "Skier of the Year" by Rocky Mountain News.
Barrows received his nickname "Moose" while attending the University of Colorado. Spider Sabich called him a "moose of a player" while he played soccer. In 1964 he received the Schoenberger Award for all-around excellence in academics and athletics. While in college he competed in skimeister competitions, 4 events in Alpine and Nordic skiing. He graduated in 1970 with degrees in aeronautical engineering and business administration.
Barrows was a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1965-1970 and participated on the World Pro Skier Tour from 1971-1976. In 1967 he scored the first World Cup points in Downhill for the U.S. in Franconia, New Hampshire and placed 3rd. He was ranked 7th in the world in 1968 but his season ended abruptly during his Downhill run for the Gold at the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France when his spectacular fall was well documented on TV. In 1969 he made a comeback and was the North American Champion in Downhill. From 1978-1980 he was the U.S. Ski Team's coach in Men's Downhill.
Since retiring he has devoted much of his time to promoting skiing and started a scholarship fund to provide junior skiers in the Yampa Valley with the means to train. He has been a Steamboat resident for 55 years.