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DAY 20: Along the Creek With Paul

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Tom, DC and Peter

Two years ago yesterday, our friend Paul Robbins passed away. The day before, in one of his proudest moments, he conducted the Lindsey Vonn media teleconference when she won her first Audi FIS World Cup title the day before on the Olympic course at Whistler Creekside. Paul would have loved these Games – especially the success of the nordic combined athletes.

Beaver Creek Tribute to Paul

Today was a very special day at the Audi Birds of Prey. After a week of walking up what is affectionately known as the Paul Robbins Death March up the hill from the buses, all of us gathered at the finish line between runs of the GS to bury some ashes. Son DC had brought them, along with Paul’s tam, for a special service. Thanks to John Dakin for getting us all inside the fence and for digging a little hole in the snow right at the finish. If you’re watching on TV, it’s on skier’s left right at the line. All week long Paul’s smiling face was posted on the wall above our workstations. Peter Graves and Dakin did a nice tribute on Friday before the downhill. Paul, you’ll always be with us here at Redtail Camp.

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John Dakin, son David “DC” Robbins and Peter Graves bury the ashes at the finish line.

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Celebrating Paul’s Life

There were tears and there was uproarious laughter on Saturday, June 28, as over 200 friends and family members packed the Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme, NH to celebrate the life of Paul Robbins. It was a fitting tribute to a man who brought so much joy in his 68 years to everyone around him.