Former Olympic Skier Jeremy Nobis, 52, Found Dead in Prison Cell

Julia Schneemann | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Jeremy Nobis
Jeremy Nobis. | Picture: The Powell Movement Instagram Page

Former Olympic ski racer Jeremy Nobis was found dead in his prison cell on Wednesday morning in Cedar City, UT. The 52-year-old had been in prison in relation to multiple DUI charges. Nobis had four DUI felonies on his record and made the headlines in 2006 when he was involved in a police pursuit that resulted in him crashing into a tree. An arrest warrant was issued after Nobis had failed to appear in court following a 2019 crash while intoxicated.

Before his fall from grace, Jeremy had a long and successful ski career. The Wisconsin native was a racing prodigy who made the U.S. Ski Team at only 16 years of age. He raced in the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics and finished in an impressive ninth place in Giant Slalom. Nobis competed in the technical Alpine events on the FIS Alpine World Cup circuit from 1986 until he retired from alpine ski racing in 1996.

Jeremy Nobis
Jeremy on one of his legendary straight descends. | Picture: The Powell Movement Instagram Page

Jeremy then became well-known as a daredevil freeride skier. His stunts earned him several nicknames, such as ‘Psycho Nobi’ or ‘The Icon,’ and he had his special edition ski designed by Dynastar. Jeremy was featured in the 2004 Warren Miller Movie “Impact,” the 2005 Warren Miller Movie “Higher Ground,” and the 2006 Warren Miller movie “Off The Grid” and appeared in several other ski films by Teton Gravity Research and Matchstick Productions.

He is best remembered for his legendary runs, which seemed straight down the face of the world’s steepest runs, such as down Pyramid Peak, AK, down a 52-degree slope with a 2,000 vertical foot drop. He is also well known for skiing down ‘Mr. Ripple’ and ‘Cathedral’ in Greenland, where he famously crossed a crevasse called ‘the Catcher’s Mitt.’

Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Jeremy’s sister Shannon also skied for Team USA at the 1994 Olympics.

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