Date of Birth:
September 26, 1935
City/State of Birth:
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Passed away June 10, 2010
Olympics and Events Attended:
1956 Olympics, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy - Ski Jumping
Heid got his nickname from his grandfather, who called him a "corker" when he was born. Corkey began skiing at the age of two and competing when he was only four.
His father, Robert Heid, was a jumping judge and taught him to honor the local four-way tradition. When he was 11 years-old he jumped the 90-meter. He was known as the "junior ace." Corkey was a Junior Nationals Competitor from 1951-1953. In 1951 he took 2nd place in Winter Park for Nordic Combined, and in 1953 he took 5th in the National Jumping Distance Championship in Steamboat. That same year he was injured when he out-jumped the hill at Alta and was confined to a body cast. During the 1956 Olympic tryouts he placed 11th at Iron Mountain and in 1963, at a National Jumping Distance Championship in Steamboat, he took 5th place.
Corkey spent two years with the Army Mountain and Cold Weather Training Command at Camp Hale, outside of Leadville, Colorado. He also did construction engineering for buildings at the Air Force Academy. From 1967 to 1970 he worked as the Mountain Manager for the Breckenridge Ski Area. He also spent many years supervising ski patrols at the Steamboat ski area.