Andrea Lawrence

What makes an Olympic athlete the greatest? In my mind, it's not the number of gold medals or world records but what one does with the rest of one's life.

Andrea Mead Lawrence, who died on March 31 at age 76, always strove to be exceptional throughout her life. And she was. At 15, Andrea made the U.S. ski team that competed at the 1948 St. Moritz Olympics, where she finished eighth in the slalom event. She was the youngest U.S. skier ever to compete at the Olympics.

Four years later, Andrea was on the cover of TIME (the first U.S....

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