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Hall of Fame will welcome Eriksen

Tim Mutrie

Olympic gold medalist and skiing icon Stein Eriksen, the former ski school director at Aspen Highlands and Snowmass Ski Area, was voted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, officials from the hall announced this week.

Eriksen, currently the director of skiing at Deer Valley, Utah, will be joined by four other Colorado skiing legends, including Tage Peterson of Aspen, when the 2004 class is inducted in October

A longtime trainer with the U.S. Ski Team, Peterson served U.S. alpine and nordic athletes through four Olympics and three World Championships from the late 1960s until the mid-1980s. He is considered a leading pioneer in the world of ski-specific sports medicine.

Carbondale’s Lou Dawson, who was nominated for the hall of fame for the first time this year, was not selected for induction. Dawson, the first – and only – person to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, will remain on the ballot for another two years.

Sarah Will of Vail becomes the first disabled skier elected to the state’s hall of fame. Will, who was paralyzed from the waist down in an accident in Aspen in 1988, went on to a distinguished career as a monoskier, with gold medals in the Paralympics and World Championships.

Johnnie Stevens, one of the driving forces behind the Telluride resort, and Steamboat native Nelson Carmichael, a moguls skier who became Colorado’s first Olympic medalist, round out the five 2004 inductees.


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