Growing up in Seattle as the child of two teachers, Deb Armstrong embraced education, the outdoors, and all sports. But when it came time to specialize, she chose skiing. After an unusual path up the ranks, Deb won the first training run of her first World Cup downhill, and went on to win Olympic gold in Sarajevo in 1984. She retired from competition in 1988, but the unassuming champ stayed immersed in the ski world as the only U.S. Ski Team member to become a Professional Ski Instructors of America Alpine Team member. What does she love most about her job? “Making a difference with people on the hill—making them happy, teaching them something, challenging them, exciting them.” Deb and her daughter live in Colorado’s “Ski Town, U.S.A.”, where Deb is alpine competitive program director for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and is involved in various charitable causes, including the SKIFORALL Foundation, which opens skiing events to the disabled.
Gear Inspired by Deb
Deb’s fun, brightly colored hat is patterned after the one she wore on her way to gold in Sarajevo.