55. Gretchen Fraser
Parade held for 1st Woman Gold Medal Winner
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||Soroptimist International of Vancouver
|The first American to win an Olympic medal in skiing was a Vancouver resident. In the 1948 Olympics she won a gold medal in the slalom and a silver in the Alpine combined event. The panel features a parade in her honor put on by the local Trapadero Teen Club. The black-haired girl sitting in the car is one of the co-founders of the Tapestry, Eleanor Van de Water at age 17. In the top border is the logo of Soroptimists International, established in Vancouver in the late 1930’s.