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ARTICLE EXCERPT: WHITEFISH – Walking into the Hellroaring Saloon and Eatery at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Peter Brucato is showered with “mayor” greetings.
“The mayor of Big Mountain,” a woman calls out, invoking his nickname and prompting a grin from the 91-year-old Brucato.
Brucato acknowledges every greeting as he makes his way to a table for lunch. His gait is methodical and careful, the aftereffects of a stroke marking his stride. But focusing on the finer details of bipedal mechanics is nothing new to him. As a champion downhill ski racer and accomplished cross country skier, he has long thought carefully about his legs’ role in life – in getting from point A to B, in getting to the top of his age division’s standings, in taking steps, small and big, and moving on.