Robert P Beattie

Graduating class of 1950

According to the Aglaia, Bob was an active student while attending Central. He participated in tennis, cross country, and skiing. At Middlebury College, where he earned his B.A. degree in 1955, he further participated in tennis, skiing and football. Following college, he served as a ski coach first at Middlebury and then at the University of Colorado where he mentored four championship teams, including two consecutive NCAA Championships in 1958 and 1959. He went on to coach the American Alpine teams, bringing home to the United States in 1964, its first ever Men’s Olympic Alpine Skiing Gold Medals at Innsbruck, Austria. Bob was, and still is, heavily involved in the National and International skiing scene. He was the founder and organizer of the World Cup Racing and the World Pro Racing Organizations, as well as the World Wide Ski Corporation, a ski and sports marketing company. In 1969, Bob was named Commissioner of NASTAR, a National Recreational Ski Racing Program. While participation in skiing and skiing programs has always been Bob’s forte, it has also been his work as a sports broadcaster and color commentator on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” that has brought him broad national prominence. He has covered many memorable races at the Winter Olympic games. The recipient of many honors, Bob was awarded the AT&T Skiing Award (1983), inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame (1984), and inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame (1993). This year, Sports Illustrated named Bob Beattie as one of the 50 greatest athletes of the 20" Century from New Hampshire! Bob’s lifetime pursuit of athletic excellence and his international and national accomplishments earn him a place in the Central High Hall of Fame.