Date of Birth:
City/State of Birth:
New York, New York
Big Sky, Montana
Olympics and Events Attended:
1972 Olympics, Sapporo, Japan - Alpine/Downhill/Giant Slalom
Kashiwa's family moved to Old Forge, New York, where he began skiing at the age of two. He was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1967-1972. Kashiwa won the 1969 US National Championships, competed in the 1970 World Championships in Val Gardena, Italy, and the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo, Japan.
Kashiwa moved to Steamboat in 1974 and raced on the Pro Circuit from 1972 -1981. The highlight of his racing career was when he won the overall World Pro title in 1975. He placed second in the 1976 "Super Stars" competition. In 1994 he was inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
After 27 years of competitive skiing Kashiwa retiring from competition and went on to become the director of skiing at Keystone. Later he became active as a TV commentator, hosted several ski programs on TV and produced ski videos for teaching children to ski. In 1982 he became president of Volant Ski Corporation, a Boulder-based manufacturer of the world's only stainless steel, cap designed ski. His brother Bucky, an engineer at the Los Alamos Labs in New Mexico, developed the design. The company was later sold and Kashiwa became vice president of marketing of the exclusive Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana.
In 1977 Kashiwa married Anne Delaney, whom he met in Steamboat. They have one son, Hennie.
In 2001, he began putting much of his energy behind a nonprofit corporation that guides Olympic athletes in helping existing efforts to bring character education and conflict resolution to youth; efforts like “Don’t Laugh at Me,” founded by his friend and member of Peter, Paul and Mary, Peter Yarrow. The new foundation, ACE, stands for Athletes for Character Education. “The ACE Foundation Inc. is an organization founded to work with U.S. Olympians in the support of existing programs that create a positive outlook on life for America’s youth. ACE’s function is to prepare U.S. Olympians with the knowledge and presentation tools to interface effectively with young people in American society and make a true, deep emotional and personal connection.”