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Kashiwa, Hank


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Date of Birth: 1949

City/State of Birth: New York, New York

Current Residence: Big Sky, Montana

Olympics and Events Attended:
1972 Olympics, Sapporo, Japan - Alpine/Downhill/Giant Slalom

Brief Biography:
Kashiwa's family moved to Old Forge, New York, where he began skiing at the age of two. He was a member of the US 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.
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