A bill has been passed in the U.S. Senate to name a peak in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains after U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame, and U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame member Andrea Mead Lawrence. The previously unnamed peak (elev. 12,240') lies near the confluence of the Tuolumne County border and the Ansel Adams Wilderness in Mono County.U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer is a democrat from California who has sponsored the bill. If the bill is implemented the new name of the peak in question will be Mt. Andrea Lawrence. New Bill Proposed To Name An Eastern Sierra Peak After Famous Skier Andrea Mead Lawrence | Unofficial Networks

New Bill Proposed To Name An Eastern Sierra Peak After Famous Skier Andrea Mead Lawrence

New Bill Proposed To Name An Eastern Sierra Peak After Famous Skier Andrea Mead Lawrence

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New Bill Proposed To Name An Eastern Sierra Peak After Famous Skier Andrea Mead Lawrence

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A bill has been passed in the U.S. Senate to name a peak in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains after U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame, and U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame member Andrea Mead Lawrence.  The previously unnamed peak (elev. 12,240′) lies near the confluence of the Tuolumne County border and the Ansel Adams Wilderness in Mono County.U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer is a democrat from California who has sponsored the bill. If the bill is implemented the new name of the peak in question will be Mt. Andrea Lawrence.

Andrea was a well known conservationist and skier. Senator Boxer was recently quoted saying, “Andrea Lawrence was an Olympic champion who dedicated her life to protecting the treasures of the Eastern Sierra. Her passion and achievements were larger than life, which is why I cannot think of a more fitting tribute than to name this majestic peak in her honor.” The bill was initially sponsored by Senator Boxer in May, and will now move to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Andrea was born into a family that skied from day one. Her parents were the local owners of  Pico Mountain Ski Area, which is located right near Andrea’s birth town of Rutland, VT. Pico is right down the road from the better known Killington Mountain Resort. Andrea was a highly decorated skier winning championships both domestically and internationally. She was just 14 years old when she was chosen for the 1948 U. S. Women’s Olympic Alpine Ski Team, making her the youngest invitee ever. Andrea also won two gold medals in both slalom and giant slalom at the 1952 Winter Olympic Winter Games.

“Andy” Mead was extremely well know during her heyday and was widely regarded as one of the top female skiers in the world. Her  world view is succinct and profound, and will undoubtedly speak to any skier or rider ever touched by “The Range of Light”: mountains are sacred, and skiing is an art.

As mentioned, “Andy” was both an an amazing skier, and a well-known conservationist. The Andrea Lawrence Institute for Mountains and Rivers was created in 2003. It is a non-profit organization that closely follows conservation and land-use issues that influence the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Andrea “Andy” Mead-Lawrence was an inspiration in her time, and continues to have great impact in her passing. She was a passionate skier with an appreciation for mountains so brilliant that a peak in her home range will most certainly bear her name in the very near future. It seems “mountain naming” is primarily a craft of the past in present-day 2011. What an amazing women to have such an honor bestowed upon her.

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