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Billmeier '99 to speak at Convocation

Sarah Billmeier
Sarah Billmeier '99

Sarah Billmeier '99, a world champion and Paralympic gold medalist in disabled skiing as well as a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School, will deliver remarks at Dartmouth's Convocation on Tues., Sept. 20 at 11 a.m.

Billmeier, who graduated from Dartmouth in 2001 due to her demanding ski schedule, will address an audience consisting primarily of the incoming Class of 2009 to officially open the College's 236th year. President James Wright will deliver the main address, and Noah Riner '06, Student Body President of the Class of 2006, will also speak.

The ceremony, in Leede Arena, will be followed by the traditional community cookout hosted by President Wright and Susan DeBevoise Wright. The cookout will be held on Tuck Mall (Thayer Dining Hall in the event of rain).

Billmeier dominated disabled skiing for ten years, winning 13 medals in four Paralympics and tying the record for most medals won in four Games. The Yarmouth, Maine, native started skiing in Mount Sunapee's adaptive ski program at age eight, three years after losing her left leg above the knee to bone cancer. At age 14, she took two gold medals and a silver at the 1992 Paralympics in Albertville, France. Billmeier went on to win six World Championship gold medals and finished with a gold and two silver medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. At Dartmouth, Billmeier balanced competition and education, graduating with a degree in biology modified with chemistry in 2001. Currently, she lives in Jamaica Plain, Mass.

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Last Updated: 12/17/08