James W. Bombard was wonderful

To the editor:

I’m sure there are many of you who still remember when a ski race competition comprised of racing a downhill, a slalom, a cross-country race and competing in a jumping event. We lost a great one last October, Saranac Lake’s own James W. Bombard.

Jim was one of best “four event” or “Skimeister” competitors in the United States. He had a heart bigger than the universe, but he was a fierce competitor if you were in a race with him.

Jim was also an “intuitive” engineer in the design of skis and equipment. He first went to work with the Head ski company in Timonium, Maryland. The story goes that after a year or so, he told the bosses he would have to resign because he couldn’t stand the city and needed to be somewhere, like his home in Saranac Lake, to go fishing. Head opened an office in Colorado. Jim moved to Colorado.

Later he would move to K2 Ski, I believe in Seattle, Washington, and then Scott poles in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Jim had an aura of positivity and success. Everyone became a better person for being around him.

Jim, you were a great friend and teammate. I learned more about skis and ski racing from you than anyone. Ever.

Rest in peace,

Bruce Colon

Former United States Ski Team coach

Lake Placid