Speaking of skiing, two local skinny ski legends, twin sister biathlon Olympians Lanny and Tracy Barnes, are going down in the history books. On Sat., Dec. 2, at the Durango Winter Sports Foundation’s annual gala, the two will be inducted into the DWSF Hall of Fame.
Every year, the Gala unofficially kicks off the winter sports season in Durango and honors those who have advanced the DWSF mission of ethical, respectful and disciplined competition.
The Barnes sisters grew up in Durango and raced for Durango Nordic. They made international headlines in 2014 when Tracy gave her berth for the Sochi Olympics to sister Lanny, who was struck ill during Olympic trials. Prior to that, Lanny had been performing better on the World Cup circuit, so Tracy thought it fair to give her sister the chance and sacrifice her own spot.
“Both Tracy and Lanny epitomize our core values,” DWSF co-founder Mike Elliott said. “This dynamic duo has become an iconic role model for our youth. Not only have they upheld the highest standards in athletics, they have shown that camaraderie, sportsmanship and sisterhood come first.”
The Gala will be held at Purgatory’s new downtown digs on North Main Ave. from 4:30 -8 p.m. It is the largest fund-raising event of the year for the DWSF and features an auction, food, drink and dancing. Tickets can be bought in advance at www.durangowintersports.org or at the door.