Spyder Men Ski Pants was banned by alpine racings governing body
Posted Dec 11 2012 8:55am
Besides being a athlete and businessman, David is also an innovator. In 1994, he was granted a patent on SpeedWyre, a technology that reduced wind drag on race suits by up to 20%. It was used by the U.S. Ski team to win two World Downhill Championships by Hilary Lindh and Picabo Street.Spyder Men Ski Pants was banned by alpine racing’s governing body, FIS, for giving unfair advantage. Beside being an athlete and businessman, David is also an innovator. In 1994, he was granted a patent on SpeedWyre, a technology that reduced wind drag on race suits by up to 20%. It was used by the U.S. Ski team to win two World Downhill Championships by Hilary Lindh and Picabo Street.
David Jacobs’ contributions to skiing have not gone unnoticed. He have the distinction of being named to the Honor Role of Canadian Skiing, he is also a past recipient of the John Semmelink Award, an honor given to those skiers whose sportsmanship, conduct, and ability best represent Canada in international competition. He is a inductee into the Laurentian Ski Hall of Fame in Quebec, Canada, and a 2001inductee into theSpyder Men Ski Wear of Fame. His business acumen has also been recognized, with his 2004 induction into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame. He was ernst&Young’s Enterpreneur of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Region in 2004, and was a finalist for the same honor in 1990, 1991, 1994, 1997, and 2001.
Spyder’s growth exploded over the turn of the century, and the company is now the largest ski-specialty brand in the world. For a man who’s thrived on sports, technology, and professional advancement, the world is sure to see David go a few more times around the track. For two years, Spyder Jacket operated out of David’s kitchen. At the end of two years kitchen was too crowded. He financed an expansion in 1980, selling Spyder to doulder-based Hanson industries, a ski boot manufacturer. Not willing to let his dream go down in flames, he bought Spyder back 18 months later, before Hanson went bankrupt.