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Diana Golden

Alpine Skier
Female
Born Mar 20, 1963
Died Aug 25, 2001

Diana Golden Brosnihan, née Diana Golden was an American disabled ski racer. After losing a leg to cancer at age 12, she went on to win 10 world and 19 United States championships between 1986 and 1990 as a three-tracker, or one-legged skier. Golden also won an Olympic gold medal in giant slalom at the 1988 Calgary Games, where disabled skiing was a demonstration sport.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1963 Birth Born on March 20, 1963.

TEENAGE

1975 12 Years Old Diana Golden grew up in Lincoln, Massachusetts and began skiing at the age of five, making regular trips to Cannon Mountain Ski Area with her parents. However in 1975, at the age of 12, her right leg collapsed while she was walking home from skiing and doctors diagnosed bone cancer. … Read More
1982 19 Years Old While there in 1982 she competed at the World Handicapped Championships in Norway, winning a gold medal in the downhill and a silver in the giant slalom. … Read More

TWENTIES

1985 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985 she rejoined the USDST and would gain sponsorships and a scholarship in order to be able to pursue it full time.
1986 23 Years Old 1 More Event
…  After losing a leg to cancer at age 12, she went on to win 10 world and 19 United States championships between 1986 and 1990 as a three-tracker, or one-legged skier. … Read More
1987 24 Years Old 1 More Event
She was dominant in the United States Disabled Alpine Championships winning all four of the giant slalom, slalom, downhill and combined disciplines in both 1987 and 1988.
1988 25 Years Old Also in 1988 Golden won 2 golds at the World Disabled Championships and most famously won a gold in the giant slalom at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, where the event was a demonstration sport.
1990 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Golden retired in 1990 but before this she would win 3 gold medals at her last World Disabled Championships in 1990 at Winter Park Resort in Colorado. … Read More
1992 29 Years Old Golden became a motivational speaker following her skiing career, and also took up rock climbing and mountaineering leading to a successful climb of Mount Rainier. However in 1992, at the age of 29, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, for which she had to be treated with bilateral mastectomies. … Read More

THIRTIES

1993 30 Years Old After this, realising she could never have children, Golden became depressed and in 1993 attempted suicide, something which she would consider again.
1996 33 Years Old Golden recovered and resumed motivational speaking but would give this up for good in 1996 when she was again diagnosed with breast cancer, which was treatable but now incurable. … Read More
1997 34 Years Old Brosnihan and Golden fell in love and were married in August 1997.
2001 38 Years Old Golden died in August 2001 from the cancer at the age of 38. … Read More
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