Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ski Hall of Fame to enshrine 8 new members

Ceremony set for today at 5 p.m.

Express Staff Writer

    The Ketchum-Sun Valley Historical Society will host its fifth annual Sun Valley Ski Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 5 p.m. today, Jan. 29, at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum.
    Eight new individuals and families will be honored for their contributions to the sport of skiing and to the community. There is no charge to attend the event.
    The inductees in Nordic skiing this year are: Bob Disbrow and Kim Kawaguchi, Joe Engen, Alison Owen and the Heinz family. In alpine skiing, the inductees are Earl and Carol Holding, Jimmy Griffith, Don and Gretchen Fraser, and Maria Maricich.
    Jimmy Griffith was the first native Ketchum and Sun Valley skier to be named to an Olympic Ski team. He began his serious competitive ski-racing career when he enrolled at the University of Colorado when he was 15 years old in 1945. In 1950, Griffith finished first in the U.S. Men’s Downhill Amateur and Open Championship.
    In 1951, Griffith joined the Air Force and received a temporary deferment of duty to prepare for the 1952 Olympics, in which he’d been named. While training for the Olympics, Griffith suffered a fatal high-speed ski accident in Alta, Utah. In 1971, Griffith was elected to the National Ski Hall of Fame.

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