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Jill Kinmont 1936-2012 Jill Kinmont Boothe (February 16, 1936 February 9, 2012) was a former alpine ski racer who competed in the mid-1950s. Jill Kinmont grew up in Bishop, California, skiing and racing at Mammoth Mountain. In early 1955, she was the reigning U.S. national champion in the slalom, and a top prospect for a medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina, Italy. While competing in the downhill at the Snow Cup in Alta, Utah on January 30, 1955, she suffered a near-fatal accident which resulted in paralysis from the neck down. It ironically occurred the same week that Kinmont, about two weeks shy of her 19th birthday, was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated dated January 31, 1955. After her rehabilitation, she went on to graduate from UCLA with a B.A. in German and earned a teaching credentials from the University of Washington. 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. Kinmont was the subject of two movies: The Other Side of the Mountain in 1975, and The Other Side of the Mountain Part 2 in 1978. Both films starred Marilyn Hassett as Kinmont. Jill married trucker John Boothe in November 1976, and they made their home in Bishop until her death.
Tags: SI  jinx  Jill  Kinmont  skier 
Added: 13th February 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2012-02-13 
This is the first case often cited by those who believe in the Sports Illustrated cover 'jinx.' It is interesting to note that Kinmont's accident predated her appearance on the cover by one day.
Posted by: AngoraSox on 2012-02-14 
Sigh. Jill Kinnmont is the best. I always thought so. I saw the movies and read her story. She inadvertently gave me the idea to ski at Mammoth Mt. which I did for a full week after saving up all of my pennies way back when. One of the best weeks of my life. I am sad to hear of her death and it's bothersome that they don't know why yet.
RIP Jill.
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