City donates funds for Marolt statue |

City donates funds for Marolt statue

Max Marolt

A bronze statue of Aspen skiing legend Max Marolt will have a place somewhere in town.

The location isn’t certain, but the City Council agreed Monday to put $5,000 toward the $20,000 cost of the sculpture, commissioned by Marolt’s family.

“Max was heart and soul Aspen,” said his son, Mike, in making the request for city funds. “He just absolutely loved this town.”

The three-quarter-scale statue will show Marolt in racing form, circa 1955, according to Mike. Artist Susan Olsen has created a miniature version that will be used to cast the larger statue, he said.

Max Marolt was the first Aspen native to qualify for the U.S. Ski Team; he competed in the 1960 OIympic Games in Squaw Valley, Calif. Also a former city councilman and local county commissioner, Marolt died last July while skiing in Chile. He was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in October 2003.

“I think Max represents the epitome of a local hero,” said Councilman Tim Semrau.

The council approved the allocation with a 4-1 vote. Councilman Torre said he supports the tribute, though he voted against the expenditure. Torre opposes a plan to turn Dean Street into something of a pedestrian thoroughfare and “Ski Walk of Fame.”

The statue could eventually be placed on Dean Street, the younger Marolt suggested.

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