Kevin Hartmann wins AVSC honors |

Kevin Hartmann wins AVSC honors

Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club honored 18-year-old alpine skier Kevin Hartmann at an awards banquet on April 12.

Hartmann, a Glenwood Springs resident, took home two of the club’s most prestigious awards, the Willoughby Award and the Robert Oden Teamwork Award.

The Willoughby Award is given to the athlete demonstrating outstanding achievement in both academics and athletics. Frank Willoughby was one of AVSC’s founding fathers 75 years ago. He served as president of the AVSC board twice in the late 1930s and mid 1940s and operated the first snowcat on Aspen Mountain.

Hartmann won a Millennium Cup FIS junior slalom race in Telluride and a Surefoot Series Downhill race in Winter Park. Hartmann also qualified and competed at the U.S. National Championships.

Despite commuting from Glenwood Springs to train and compete with AVSC, Hartmann maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average this winter. While one athlete from each discipline is nominated for this award, only one athlete from the entire club is named the recipient.

Hartmann also took home the Robert Oden Teamwork Award. This award goes to an athlete who demonstrates a consistent high level of support for all teammates throughout the season.

Robert Oden was an orthopaedic surgeon who advised the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1960 until 1980. He is a member of the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame, an active supporter of AVSC and a founding member or Aspen Orthopaedic Associates.

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