Jill Kinmont Boothe
Jill Kinmont Boothe (February 16, 1936 – February 9, 2012) was an American alpine ski racer who competed in the mid-1950s.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Kinmont grew up in Bishop and learned to ski race at Mammoth Mountain in the Sierra Nevada mountains. In early 1955, she was the reigning national champion in the slalom, and a top prospect for a medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics, a year away.
While competing in the giant slalom at the prestigious Snow Cup in Alta, Utah, on January 30, 1955, she suffered a near-fatal accident which resulted inparalysis from the neck down. That same week she had been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, dated January 31, 1955.
After her rehabilitation, she went on to graduate from UCLA with a B.A. in German and earned a teaching credential from the University of Washington in Seattle. She had a long career as an educator, first in Washington and then in Beverly Hills, California. She taught special education at Bishop Union Elementary School from 1975 to 1996 in her hometown of Bishop. She was an accomplished painter who had many exhibitions of her artwork.
Ruth Rhines, senior deputy coroner of Carson City, confirmed that Jill Boothe died February 9, 2012, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. A cause of death has not been reported and Rhines could not confirm reports that Boothe died of complications related to surgery. She lived 57 years past her paralyzing ski accident.
Boothe was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 1967.