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Masters Remembers "Gate" Gaetano DeMattei

By Lauren Beckos
October, 3 2023
Gate holding a microphone and addressing the crowd at his 90th birthday celebration at the 2019 FIS Masters Cup in Aspen
Gate celebrated his 90th birthday with his family and the FIS Masters at the 2019 FIS Masters Cup in Aspwn

Gate will surely be missed! Racing with joy and tenacity all the way up through multiple years as a Class 14 (90+) racer.

"Our beloved, admired and forever role model, Gate DeMattei passed away Tuesday, September 26th. Gate was born February 9th, 1929 in San Francisco. He attended his first ski competition when he was a student at Santa Clara University while on a College trip to Badger Pass ski area in Yosemite National Park. Interestingly enough, Gate’s first competition was not racing through gates, but in ski jumping!..." See the most recent Far West Newsletter for the full tribute and more photos.

Gaetano had a decorated masters career - we are likely missing a few in our records but here are some of his regional/national/international level accomplishments:

- 7x Overall Combined 1st place National Champion

- 48 National Championship Medals

- 12x Western Region Champion

- 15x Belt buckle winner over the 22 years of the NSS

- 4x FIS Masters Cup globe winner (2x1st, 1x2nd, 1x3rd)

- 2019 Al Sise Outstanding Masters Award Winner


Obituary: Dr Gaetano A. DeMattei, MD  (Sierra Sun)

 Dr Gaetano A. DeMattei, MD  (

Funeral service and memorial gathering for Gate will be held on Thursday Oct. 12.

  • 10am - viewing
  • 11am - rosary and Mass - Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Tahoe City CA
  • 2pm-6pm - memorial reception - Bar One - Olympic House, 1990 Olympic Valley Rd. Olympic Valley CA