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Date of Birth: 1954
City/State of Birth: Pueblo, Colorado
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Olympics and Events Attended:
1976 Olympics, Innsbruck, Austria ~ Ski Jumping
1980 Olympics, Lake Placid, New York ~ Ski Jumping
McNeill began skiing when his family moved to Steamboat when he was a year old. He was an avid cross country skier and jumper until 1972 when he decided to only compete in jumping. In 1972 he was named to the U.S. Ski Team and turned down eleven football and skiing scholarships to train with the Swiss National Jumping Team in Switzerland. McNeill was the Junior Nationals Jumping Champion in 1972. During the next nine years, while traveling with the U.S. Ski Team, he mastered five languages. McNeill retired from competition in 1981 and went on to coach 70 and 90 meter jumping for the Canadian National Jumping Team. In 1986 he became a ski instructor for the Steamboat Ski School and in 1996 he started coaching with the Billy Kidd Performance Center in Steamboat and became the manager/head coach in 1998.
McNeill married Lenny Luczak, a fellow ski instructor in 1993. They have a daughter, Dori, born in 1995. McNeill and his family spend their summers in Dillon, Montana, raising horses and mules and operating Diamond Hitch Outfitters, a business started by his father in 1973.
McNeill passed away at age 56 in 2011.