Eight skiing greats will have their names added to the Hall of Fame's Honor Roll in the coming year. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame announced today the inductees who will make up its Class of 2011. The class is made up of a broad spectrum of elite skiers, writers, ski industry leaders, and a passionate enthusiast for skiing history. The formal induction ceremony will take place Saturday, April 14 in Seattle, with an enshrinement ceremony at the Hall of Fame in Ishpeming later in the year.
Headlining the inductees are speed skier and author Dick Dorworth and World Cup and Pro Ski Racer Tyler Palmer, both have ties to the Sun Valley area.
Also on the list are 2002 Olympic silver medalist Joe Pack and 1985 World Championship bronze medalist Eva Twardokens. Also among those selected are ski area pioneers Phil Gravink and the late Nick Badami, ski historian Mason Beekley and ski show pioneer Harry Leonard.
"Our eight inductees represent a diverse cross section of some of the greatest figures in skiing whose passion for the sport was shown throughout their careers," said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Chairman, Bernie Weichsel. "The Hall of Fame is proud to recognize their achievements and contributions to our sport."
Dick Dorworth was a ski racer, world speed record holder, coach, instructor and journalist. Through his writing he was, and remains, an inspirational leader for all who love the sport. He raced from 1950 to 1965 and was named to the collegiate All-American team in 1962. In 1963 he set a record at the Diamond Sun event that still stands and that same year set a world speed record of 170 kph, in Portillo, Chile. He was a certified instructor in both France and the United States and coached the men's U.S. Ski Team during the 1970-71 season. He was the ski school director for the Aspen Mountain Ski School from 1988 to 1992. The publisher of several books on skiing and a recipient of an Ullr Award from the International Skiing History Association, Dorworth's articles have appeared in nearly every skiing magazine and journal.
Tyler Palmer was a dominant racer on the newly formed World Cup tour in the 1970's. In 1971, he was the first American male to crack the top three in overall points in the slalom. He won the Junior Nationals in 1969 and was on the Olympic Team at Sapporo in 1972, where he finished ninth. During his career he won two World Cup races, reached the podium four times and had nine top 10 World Cup results. Later he raced on Bob Beattie's World Professional Ski Tour where he won five races. A National Masters Champion several times Palmer was a coach for junior racers at Sun Valley until his retirement in 2010.
The selection of the Class of 2011 was conducted by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame's National Selection Committee followed by a vote of over 100 skiing experts and enthusiasts who make up its National Voting Panel. The induction will take place at Seattle's Bell Harbor Center on April 14, 2012 as the concluding event to Skiing Heritage Week, which will be held at several ski areas in the Pacific Northwest next spring.
For more information on Skiing Heritage Week and the induction of the Class of 2011 visit: www.skihall.org