Disabled ski champ Jill Kinmont Boothe dies at 75

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jill Kinmont Boothe, the skiing champion who became a painter and a teacher after she was paralyzed during a race, has died at age 75.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/wa6wUs ) quotes a local coroner's official who says Kinmont Boothe died Thursday at a hospital in Carson City, Nev.

At age 18, the L.A. native was the national women's slalom champion. She was trying to make the U.S. Olympic team in 1955 when she crashed and broke her neck. She was paralyzed below her shoulders.

Kinmont Boothe went on to graduate college and taught remedial reading in Beverly Hills and Bishop, Calif. A school in Bishop is named after her.

Her life was the subject of a 1966 book and two films, including "The Other Side of the Mountain," in 1975.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com