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Perry-Smith, Crosby

Date of Birth: November 9, 1923

City/State of Birth: Cape May, New Jersey

Current Residence: Ouray, Colorado

Olympics and Events Attended:
1952 Olympics, Oslo, Norway - Special Jumping

Brief Biography:
Perry-Smith moved from Gladstone, New Jersey to Lake Placid at age six and started ski jumping with his two brothers. His father, Oliver Perry-Smith, influenced him to ski jump. Oliver Perry-Smith had won the German, Middle European Championships and Austrian Championships, was also a prize winner in Norway for jumping and Nordic Combined and he was one of the greatest climbers of his time. The 1932 Olympics were also a great influence on Crosby. At age ten he was jumping off the Olympic hill, and at fourteen he was a National Champion. In 1942 he won the Maine State Championship in jumping and also made a hill record. Crosby skied for Syracuse University and in 1943 he won the New York State Intercollegiate Championship for jumping and combined, before entering military service with the 10th Mountain Division. He trained at Camp Hale, near Leadville, Colorado, and fought in Italy.

Perry-Smith arrived in Steamboat in 1946 to train for the National Championship and to forget about the war. The Bogue family, Art, Lucy, Bonnie and Sharon, took him in as a boarder. Their hospitality, loving care and friendship have endured over the years. This, along with the Winter Sports Club and the town of Steamboat's friendly acceptance of him, immediately made him feel a part of the community. He states that it was a heart-warming experience.

Perry-Smith skied for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and won a number of special jumping and combined tournaments, and the Intermountain Championships at Salt Lake City, Utah during 1947-1954. He skied for Western State College for four years (1947-1950) and was instrumental in starting their ski team.

From 1951-1957 he was a federal civil service advisor in the summer and did winter mountaineering for the army in the winter. He then went on to manage Howelsen Hill from 1958-1959. In 1970, Perry-Smith moved to California for 10 years and worked in the insurance industry.

Perry-Smith was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1992 and was the winner of the Halstead trophy. He was on the Olympic Committee in 1960, and was the chief of ski jumping for Colorado Junior Olympic teams and jumping coach for the team at the World Games in Cortina, Italy.

The most rewarding experience in his skiing career was having the privilege to coach young athletes to high performance, enabling them to make Regional, National, and Olympic and FIS teams by total development of their mind, body and spirit. "After all, this [skiing] is a stepping-stone for bigger and better things in life. The most valuable possessions we have are those that can be shared and, when shared, they multiply", he says.
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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.