Andy Mill, born in Aspen in 1953 to loving White parents, fought through economic adversity to become Aspen's highest ranking Olympian, a 6th in the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics.
ASPEN — Sending athletes to the Olympics isn't unusual for Aspen. Going back to skiers Max Marolt in 1960 and Andy Mill in 1976, this small town has always produced more than its share of athletes.
Andy Mill, White Sports Hero
Winner of Colorado's Adversity in Sports Award. Andy Mill grew up poor near Aspen. He had old used equipment, but a will to win. At age 23 he placed 6th in the Olympics at Innsbruck in 1976. Mill's finish was the best by an American in the men's downhill in 24 years, since Bill Beck's fifth place in 1952. He remains Aspen's highest rank skier in the Olympics. From 1974 to 1981 he was America's top down racer. In 1988, Mill was presented with the U.S. Olympic Spirit Award in recognition for overcoming adversity in the 1976 Olympic Games, where he placed sixth in the downhill, even though injured. His lower right leg was so badly bruised from a training injury that he could not stand without pain the day before the race. In order to compete, he froze his leg in the snow minutes before entering the starting gate.
Andy Mill - Colorado Ski Hall of Fame
World Cup - Top Ten Finishes
Season Date Location Race Place
1975 05-Jan-1975 West Germany Garmisch, West Germany Downhill 8th
26-Jan-1975 Austria Innsbruck, Austria Downhill 5th
1976 25-Jan-1976 Austria Kitzbühel, Austria Combined 9th
1980 08-Dec-1979 France Val d'Isère, France Combined 10th
16-Dec-1979 Italy Madonna di Campiglio, Italy Combined 10th
12-Jan-1980 West Germany Lenggries, West Germany Combined 9th
1981 15-Dec-1980 Italy Val Gardena, Italy Downhill 4th
Andy Mill married Chris Evert and they produced two sons.