Klug, AVSC to be honored by Hall
BROOMFIELD, Colo. -Aspen Olympian snowboarder Chris Klug is among the five inductees who will join the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame at a ceremony Nov. 4 at the Omni Interlocken in Broomfield.The Hall of Fame will also recognize the Aspen Valley Ski Club with the Top of the Hill award and Lindsey Vonn with the Competitor of the Year award.Klug, 38, will join some elite Aspen company in the Hall, including icons Fred and Elli Iselin, Walter Paepcke, Darcy Brown, Freidl Pfeifer and Fritz Benedict. Other members with Aspen connections include Bob Beattie, Anderl Molterer, Klaus Obermeyer, Bob Maynard, Andy Mill, Ed Lucks, Mark Tache and Pat O’Donnell.Klug’s decorated career has been marked by 11 U.S. National titles, World Cup triumphs, three Olympic appearances and a bronze medal in parallel giant slalom (PGS) at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games – a feat he attained just 18 months after receiving a life-saving liver transplant.Other inductees include Ronn Allred, who developed Mountain Village in Telluride and was instrumental in the town becoming a year-round destination; Jack Benedick, a Vietnam veteran who lost both legs and created the U.S. Disabled Ski Team to the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team; Charles Elliott, who from 1936 to 1944 was the driving force behind growth and interest in skiing in the San Luis Valley region, specifically Wolf Creek; and John Garnsey, who as chief strategist was instrumental in bringing the 1989, 1999 and 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships to Colorado. AVSC’s Top of the Hill award is in recognition of its mission to provide all youth in the Roaring Fork Valley the opportunity to develop as athletes and as people through winter sports. “It is their belief that every child growing up in the Greater Roaring Fork Valley should have the chance to ski or snowboard,” according to a press release from the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame. “Driven by this goal, they work to remove all barriers to participation by providing financial support, equipment, transportation and dual language instruction.”
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