Friday, October 15, 2010

Holding, Davis named to Ski Hall of Fame

Ceremony will be April 2 in Sun Valley


By EXPRESS STAFF

Earl Holding Muffy Davis

Sun Valley Resort owner Earl Holding and former Sun Valley ski racer Muffy Davis were among six people named to the 2010 class of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, Mich.

The announcement was made Thursday by Hall of Fame Chair Bernie Weichsel.

Other inductees are former U.S. Ski Team racers Daron Rahlves and Bobby Cochran, as well as big-mountain skiers Glen Plake and the late Shane McConkey.

The class will be formally inducted April 2 at Sun Valley as part of a weeklong celebration of skiing history, including Sun Valley's 75th season.

Davis, now a resident of Salt Lake City, grew up racing at Sun Valley until an accident in 1989 ended her career as an able-bodied skier. She returned to her academic studies, completing a degree at Stanford, before returning to the slopes after attending Hall of Famer Sarah Will's adaptive skiing camp in 1995.

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Thus began an outstanding career resulting in four Paralympic medals (a bronze and three silvers), a World Championship gold in 2000 and back-to-back World Cup overall titles in 2000 and 2001. During her racing career, she reached the podium 20 times. She also completed first wheelchair ascents of Mount Shasta and Pike's Peak.

Holding bought Sun Valley Co. in 1977 and began a revitalization program to restore the historic resort. His investments included the planting of more than 7,000 trees and installing seven new detachable quad lifts and the world's largest automated snowmaking system. He initiated construction of three new lodges and an eight-passenger gondola to the historic Roundhouse restaurant.

A Salt Lake City native, Holding played a key role in bringing the 2002 Olympic Winter Games to that city. He bought and developed Snowbasin, near Ogden, Utah, into a world-class ski area that hosted the men's and women's Olympic downhill, combined and super G events.

The Hall of Fame induction will cap a week of festivities that will include the annual gathering of the International Skiing History Association and a series of industry reunions.

"Our annual induction ceremony has grown considerably the last two years, with successful events at Park City Resort and Beaver Creek," Weichsel said. "This year's celebration will be even bigger and a great way to showcase these amazing heroes of our sport."

The six new inductees will bring the Hall of Fame's honor roll to 374 people recognized since 1956.




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