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ESPN remembers Bob Beattie

Bob Beattie (Anthony Neste/Capital Cities/ABC, Inc.)

Bob Beattie, a longtime voice of ABC and ESPN’s winter sports coverage, has died. He was 85.

The coach who led the United States men’s skiing team to its first Olympic medals in the 1960s, Beattie later served as a commentator for ABC Sports’ coverage of alpine skiing at the Winter Olympics from 1974 to 1988. He also was a frequent contributor to ABC’s Wide World of Sports. He began hosting ESPN ski programs in 1985 and did play-by-play at the first Winter X Games in 1997.

1964: Linda Meyers (L), Bob Beattie (Photo courtesy of ABC Photo Archives)