Auburn product Karl Anderson repeatedly proved world class as a down hill skier and gave credible performances in cross-country as well, during his stellar career through the '70's and well into the '80's.
Many of Anderson's feats were team factors, since the former Edward Little High School ace was a member of the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic teams. All told Anderson was a U. S. ski member from 1972 through 1981.
At the peak of the numerous Anderson highlights was his victory in the 1978 National Alpine championships at the venerable shrine of U.S. winter sports, Lake Placid, NY. He edged Ron Biederman of Stowe, VT by .30 of a second over the 4,620-meter course. Additionally, he helped the U. S. team win the world championship that year.
In 1976, Anderson was the first American to finish in the 1976 overall European Cup championships. Karl served notice on the field that he belonged in the top tier when he finished fifth in the men's combined World Cup and World Series of downhill Skiing in the 1974 meet at Jackson, WY.
A back injury suffered early in the 1980-81 season finally led to Anderson's retirement from competitive skiing but not from the sport. Karl became an instant and most valuable booster of the Special Olympics program.
Anderson served as coach for the Maine Special Olympians in the International Games at Stowe, VT, and has remained a strong supporter. Said Anderson of the program, "It's like Christmas. You see a lot of smiling faces and more heart than at the U.S. National team tryouts."
Karl and his wife, Sherri, have a son, Justin.
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