Wilder lives on in memorial race
(This letter was originally adressed to “Aspenites.”)Dear Editor:I had the unique and wonderful experience of visiting my hometown this past week. It was originally to attend the Wilder Dwight Memorial Classic Super G (Jan. 20-22) which took place on Aspen Mountain for the 19th consecutive year.I also had the profound experience of attending my friend Katharine Thalberg’s memorial and that is another story entirely.The J-3 and J-4 racers from far and wide come to participate and a finer group of children, parents, volunteers and staff, I have yet to see – perhaps next year. The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club put on a great race, comme d’habitude.I would like to thank Mark Cole and especially Pat Callahan for making everything run smoothly and safely for the young racers. Wilder’s memory is still alive and well and his spirit was there. I could feel his joy and excitement at the starting gate, careening down the course, and at the finish. His life was skiing and all it entails. From the sun glistening on snow, to the beautiful serene day and the sounds of coaches’ radios, cheers and laughter, there was love everywhere. That’s what life is all about, isn’t it? I look forward to my pilgrimage to Aspen each year.I personally want to thank my old friends Stasha and Stefan Kaelin, the Nakagawas, B.J. Williams, Rosario Gonzales and Brendan Roberts for making my stay in Aspen possible, comfortable and healing.From Wilder’s sisters Alyson, Ashley, Kelly, Sally, Leslie and Isabel, and his brothers Jon and Timothy, and myself and his father, we would very much like to thank everyone for making “The Wilder Dwight,” as everyone calls it, a memory that lives on. Namasté.Sheri DwightSeattle
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