Stein Eriksen, skiing legend, hospitalized
Ryan Summerlin July 3, 2013
Stein Eriksen, the skiing legend with a long history in Park City, has been hospitalized for a week after suffering an unspecified neurological problem, a Deer Valley Resort official said.
Coleen Reardon, the director of marketing at the resort, said the 85-year-old Park Meadows resident was taken by a medical helicopter to a Salt Lake Valley hospital on June 26. He spent several days in an intensive-care unit and has since been moved to a room. Reardon said the resort was not sure when he would be released. She said doctors continue to conduct tests.
"He’s doing much better," Reardon said, asking that his privacy be respected.
Eriksen is the longtime director of skiing at Deer Valley. He won the gold medal in the giant slalom competition in the 1952 Winter Olympics, held in his native country of Norway. Eriksen followed the Olympic win with three gold medals — slalom, giant slalom and combined — in the World Ski Championships in Sweden two years later.