VARA Honors Burkies Diann Roffe ’85 and Dave Iverson

Congratulations to VARA honorees Diann Roffe ’85 and Dave Iverson!

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Diann Roffe, an alumni of Burke Mountain Academy, and the US Ski Team, has been selected to be inducted into the Vermont Ski Racing Hall of Fame for 2014. Diann is a 3 time Olympian 88, 92, 94, and a 3 time member of the USA World Championship Team 85, 89, 93.

Diann was a committed athlete at the Burke Mountain Academy for her High School years 1982-1985. Since her 3 Olympics she worked for Turner Broad Casting in Nagano and for the USOC for the Salt Lake games. Diann and her husband, Art Pursel, live in Camp Hill, PA with their son Tripp. She is co-owner of a company called ALPINEOne Inc. which specialized in lockers and drying systems for ski areas, as well as universities and sports teams. She is spending a lot more time on snow with her family and coaches at Roundtop Ski Area in PA.

Some of Diann’s Career Highlights:

1985 World Championships in Bormio, Italy: Gold medal in Giant Slalom at age 17.
1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France: Silver medal in Giant Slalom.
1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway: Gold medal in Super G.
1994 World Cup Finals in Vail, Colorado: 1st Place in Super G, her final World Cup race.
Won 6 U.S. National titles.
Inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 2003.




Dave Iverson, Burke Mountain Academy has been selected as the VARA Volunteer of the Year for  his   tireless  efforts  on behalf of Vermont Ski Racing.   Dave has been on the VARA Board of Directors for 7 years and was the 2005 Alpine Official of the Year. He is teacher and race organizer at Burke Mountain Academy for 7 years .  He has been a leader in the state, helping with the Race Administrator clinics, Alpine Official updates and creator of the “Never Ever, First Timer AO update”, an event Dave organizes and runs on his own time.  Dave has also created helpful YouTube channels for BMAPhysics and SkiRaceHelp, which feature video lectures on Physics, Calculus, Race Timing and Administration and assorted topics in math. He has posted in excess of 350 videos which have received over 50,000 views. Dave is available and willing to assist at all times with technical scoring, timing and race administrator issues as well as being a vocal member of the VARA Board of Directors. He is always thoughtful of the athlete and student first. Simply stated, he has exemplifies a commitment to VARA’s missions of Lifestyle, Competition, Community and Scholarship.

Reposted with permission from VARA’s Website