Friday, May 16, 2014

USSA to honor Jon Engen today in Utah

Special Recognition Award

     Recent Sun Valley Ski Hall of Fame inductee Jon Engen, 57, of Ketchum will be honored with a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Special Recognition Award today, Friday, May 16 in Utah.

     Engen, a three-time U.S. Olympian and Masters champ in cross-country skiing, will be saluted with others during today’s Chairman’s Awards Dinner of the USSA Congress 2014 at the Park City Marriott.

     In a April 22 letter to Engen, USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw wrote, “I want to congratulate you on having been nominated to receive a USSA Special Recognition Award for all the work you have done on behalf of the sport of cross-country skiing and the USSA.

     “Your years of commitment as an athlete representative to the USSA Board, followed by your leadership of the Cross Country Sport Committee and, again, as a sport representative on the USSA Board on behalf of Cross Country, have been greatly appreciated.”

     A native Norwegian who came to the U.S. for college skiing at Montana State University, the 6-1, 180-pound Engen is a three-time U.S. Olympian—in 1988 for the American Nordic team and in 1992 and 1994 as a biathlete. He graduated from MSU in 1983 with an engineering degree, lived in Bozeman and later moved to Ketchum.

     Engen was inducted into the Ketchum-Sun Valley Historical Society’s Sun Valley Ski Hall of Fame on Jan. 29, 2014. Among his competitive honors are two gold medals in the 24th Masters World Cup Nordic Championships staged in 2004 at Lillehammer, Norway.

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