When his daughter, Donna, was eight years old, Steve Flasco bought her first pair of skis. She learned to use them on a small hill in the yard of her Akron home. Soon, the hills turned to mountains as she raced down the slopes from Vermont to California, amassing 64 skiing titles. In 1963, Ms. Chinchen won the Ohio junior state championship. Two years later, she was the state intercollegiate champion and senior champion. In 1966, she won the championship of the Central United States. She won that title again in 1968. Donna also became the first Ohio skier to qualify for the National Alpine Ski Championships. Competing against the top 44 women racers in the United States and Canada at Crystal Mountain, Washington, in 1968, she placed fifth in combined total for slalom, giant slalom and downhill racing.