always wanted to be a ski racer.
Early on in his
made a difficult choice to follow the Eastern ski racing circuit rather than compete with his
good friends on the State and New England Champion Edward Little High School Ski Team.
final year as a junior racer, Karl
won the 1971 Eastern Jr. GS championship, securing the final position on the Eastern Squad for the US Jr. Nationals.
Upon graduation Karl attended Johnson State College, in an effort to make the Can-Am national race circuit.
Missing the final slot on the Eastern Team, he
considered quitting, but Earle Morse, his
coach at Johnson
, encouraged Karl
to continue competing on the Europa Cup circuit.
Traveling on his
own and raced throughout Europe.
results that winter catapulted him from not being rated in the top 100 in the US to 5th overall.
Unknown to any US coaches and most other national level ski racers he
was named to the US Ski Team in 1972.
Starting his career as a slalom and GS specialist Anderson finished 4th in the US National Slalom and had a 9th place World Cup GS finish.
During the fall national training camps in 1975 Karl
trained downhill for the first time.
Given the opportunity to race downhill that season he
had seven top fifteen finishes.
In the following 1976 season Karl
became the first American male to win an overall European Cup title by taking the downhill discipline.
That same season, as a downhiller, he
became the first Maine skier to represent the US in an Alpine event at the Olympics.
Internationally, over the next five years, Karl
was often the top US downhiller on the World Cup.
Even after seriously injuring his
back in January of 1978 he
had top ten finishes in World Cup downhills.
That back injury would require a regimen of 10+ aspirin per day for the rest of his
ski career and a metal back brace for four years thereafter.
Even with the impairment he
secured the final slot on the 1978 US World Championships DH Team.
also represented the US in the 1980 Olympics.
won the 1978 US National DH Title, and was runner up in that event in 1976,77 and 79.
retirement from the Team in 1981 he
continued to contribute to US Skiing
and the Olympic movement.
He was a member of the US Ski Association Board of Directors from 1982 to 1988, and later was the Assistant Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of US Skiing.
At the Olympic level he served on the Executive Board of the US Olympic Committee from 1984 to 1988.
He also served on the Athletes Advisory Council of the US Olympic Committee.
outstanding competitive record and his
continuing contribution to US and Maine skiing Karl Anderson
has earned a place in the Maine Ski Hall of Fame