Star from Colorado was 74

Updated: January 12, 2005, 3:36 PM ET
Associated Press

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. -- Former Olympian and 14-time national Nordic skiing champion Marvin Crawford has died after suffering a stroke.

Crawford died Monday at his home in Colorado Springs.

He was 74.

Crawford grew up in Steamboat Springs and began ski jumping at the age of 12. He won the national junior championship two years later.

He finished 23rd while competing in the Nordic combined in the 1956 Olympics in Cortina, Italy, but tallied more points than any American before him.

Crawford worked for IBM in Denver, and in real estate development and insurance in Steamboat Springs. He moved to Grand Junction after retiring, then to Colorado Springs.

Crawford is survived by his wife, three sons, three sisters, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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