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Black skiers came to celebrate a historic milestone. Covid-19 followed them home

Amid celebrations for the first non-white skiers inducted into the sport’s hall of fame, dozens were sickened with Covid-19 and four people died

Every year since 1978, hundreds of black skiers in the US have converged on a mountainside for the National Brotherhood of Skiers annual summit – a week of racing, partying and fundraising, and a rare chance to see dozens of smiling black faces in a predominantly white sport.

This year’s revelries were historic, with NBS founders Arthur “Art” Clay and Benjamin “Ben” Finley readying to be inducted into the Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame – the first non-white skiers to receive the honor in its 63-year history. But the celebration in Sun Valley, Idaho, was overshadowed by the coronavirus after dozens of skiers, including Finley himself, were sickened in the following weeks.

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