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Vermont Adaptive, Pico unveil new $1.3 million lodge HQ

Lodge named in honor of Olympian Andrea Mead Lawrence

Killington's famous daughter Andrea Mead Lawrence, who died in 2009, began skiing at Pico Mountain at age 14 when she made the national team. At 15, she competed in the 1948 Winter Olympics, taking eighth in slalom.  At the 1952 Olympics in Oslo, Norway, at the age of 19, she won gold in the slalom and giant slalom, the first and only time an American skier has won two gold medals in an Olympics. Pictured: Time imagine cover, 1948.

Killington's famous daughter Andrea Mead Lawrence, who died in 2009, began skiing at Pico Mountain at age 14 when she made the national team. At 15, she competed in the 1948 Winter Olympics, taking eighth in slalom. At the 1952 Olympics in Oslo, Norway, at the age of 19, she won gold in the slalom and giant slalom, the first and only time an American skier has won two gold medals in an Olympics. Pictured: Time imagine cover, 1948. Time Magazine image

— Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, the largest year-round organization to offer daily adaptive sports programs to people with disabilities, unveiled new headquarters at Pico Mountain.

Erin Fernandez, executive director of Vermont Adaptive, announced that, in partnership with Pico Ski Education Foundation and the Andrea Mead Lawrence family, the new headquarters will be named the Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge.

The Lawrence family has committed to help raise $250,000 necessary to complete the $1.3 million facility.

In addition, U.S. Paralympian Champion Sarah Will, who hails from Pico and is a Pico Ski Club alumni, has partnered to raise more than $60,000.

A special ceremony and official announcement will be held at the project site at Pico Mountain on Saturday, Dec. 15 at noon.

This is also the first day of the 75th anniversary season for skiing and riding at Pico (weather permitting).

"This is the right place to commemorate our mother's place in the skiing history at Pico," said Quentin Andrea Lawrence, Mead Lawrence's daughter. "This is where my mother's roots began in her skiing career and her love of mountains... On behalf of the family, we are honored to name the new state-of-the-art facility after our mother."

Construction began on the lodge in October.

Andrea Mead Lawrence (April 19, 1932 – March 30, 2009), began skiing at Pico Mountain at age 14 when she made the national team.

At 15, she competed in the 1948 Winter Olympics, taking eighth in slalom.

At the 1952 Olympics in Oslo, Norway, at the age of 19, she won gold in the slalom and giant slalom, the first and only time an American skier has won two gold medals in an Olympics.

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