Ishpeming, MI (November 22, 2013) – Six athletes and sport builders have been elected to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame for their contributions to the sport. Honorees include big mountain skier Scot Schmidt, freestyle pioneer and world champion John Clendenin, 2006 Olympic moguls bronze medalist Toby Dawson, freestyle aerials champion Kris Feddersen, globally acclaimed ski film producer Joe Jay Jalbert and ski show pioneer Jerry Simon. The six will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held in Park City, UT Saturday, April 5, 2014. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame is located in Ishpeming, MI, the birthplace of the National Ski Association (now U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association) in 1905.
- Six athletes and sport builders have been selected to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
- 2013 honorees include big mountain skier Scot Schmidt, freestyle pioneer and world champion John Clendenin, 2006 Olympic moguls bronze medalist Toby Dawson, freestyle aerials champion Kris Feddersen, globally acclaimed ski film producer Joe Jay Jalbert and ski show pioneer Jerry Simon.
- The Hall of Fame is located in Ishpeming, MI, birthplace of organized competitive skiing in 1905.
- The induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Park City, UT as the concluding event of Skiing History Week, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Park City Mountain Resort.
- A formal enshrinement into the Hall of Fame will take place in September 19, 2014 at the Hall of Fame in Ishpeming.
- The six will bring the total number of honored members in the Hall of Fame to 393.
- Information on tickets for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony or Skiing History Week is available at: www.skihall.org/ParkCity.
- The inductees each achieved over 50% of ballots cast by a National Voting Panel of 200 members representing all areas of the sport.
Bernie Weichsel, Co-Chairman, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
Our 2013 Hall of Fame inductees represent an extraordinary cross section of athletes and sport builders who have contributed at the highest level to our sport. We’re proud to welcome them as honored members of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. We expect a large turnout for our April 5 induction in Park City as a part of Skiing History Week.
John Clendenin, Bloomington, IL (Aspen, CO)
Aspen native John Clendenin was one of the early pioneers of freestyle skiing, bursting onto the freestyle exhibition scene in the late ‘60s. One of the sport’s early stars, he founded the International Freestyle Skiers Association in 1973 and won World Championship titles in 1973 and 1974. His legendary Clendenin Ski Method and book “Four Words for Great Skiing” were influential in introducing thousands to the sport. Clendenin also appeared in a host of ski films from noted producers Dick Barrymore, Joe Jay Jalbert and Greg Stump.
Toby Dawson, Seoul, South Korea (Vail, CO)
Lost as a boy in a Korean market, Toby Dawson was orphaned and raised by parents in Vail where he discovered moguls skiing. He made the U.S. Ski Team at age 19, winning his first World Cup in 2001. He reac