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Heid, Robert

Date of Birth: September 26, 1935

City/State of Birth: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Current Residence: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Olympics and Events Attended:
1956 Olympics, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy - Ski Jumping

Brief Biography:
Heid got his nickname from his grandfather, who called him a "corker" when he was born. Corkey began skiing at the age of two and competing when he was only four. His father, Robert Heid, was a jumping judge and taught him to honor the local four-way tradition. When he was 11 years old he jumped the 90-meter. He was known as the "junior ace." Corkey was a Junior Nationals Competitor from 1951-1953. In 1951 he took 2nd place in Winter Park for Nordic Combined, and in 1953 he took 5th in the National Jumping Distance Championship in Steamboat. That same year he was injured when he out-jumped the hill at Alta and was confined to a body cast. During the 1956 Olympic tryouts he placed 11th at Iron Mountain and in 1963, at a National Jumping Distance Championship in Steamboat, he took 5th place.

Corkey spent two years with the Army Mountain and Cold Weather Training Command at Camp Hale, outside of Leadville, Colorado. He also did construction engineering for buildings at the Air Force Academy. From 1967 to 1970 he worked as the Mountain Manager for the Breckenridge Ski Area. He also spent many years supervising ski patrols at the Steamboat ski area.
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The Board and Staff of the Tread of Pioneers Museum respectfully acknowledge the Ute people, the original inhabitants of Northwest Colorado, and other Indigenous Nations of this area where we now reside. We recognize that the establishment of this region impacted the lifeways of Native peoples and their communities. In accepting this, we are called to utilize this educational institution to teach stewardship of the land and continuing commitment to the inclusion and respect of these Nations and their traditional values for their homelands.