U.S. Disabled Snow Sports Hall of Fame
The U.S. Disabled Snow Sports Hall of Fame Award recognizes outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to adaptive snow sports (Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Nordic and Biathlon) in two categories: Recreational / Development and Competition. The hall was created to honor individuals who have had an influential role in the field of disability sports as well as athletes who have excelled in adaptive sports.
The award in the Recreational / Development category recognizes an individual who has a minimum of five years of experience in adaptive snow sports and has made a significant contribution to the field, including innovative techniques, specialized equipment, program development, education or public relations. The award in the Competition category recognizes an individual (participant or coach), who has been active in international competition for a minimum of three years. Race results, team participation, innovative coaching techniques, and event promotions are considered for this category. Competitors and coaches must be retired from active competition or coaching for a minimum of three years prior to nomination.
A selection committee will review all nominees and present their decision to the DSUSA Board of Directors for ratification. The award recipient and nominator will be notified prior to the award presentation at The Hartford Ski Spectacular. The grant of $1,000 will be awarded to the chapter affiliated with the person who nominated the award winner. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Recipients of the U.S. Disabled Snow Sports Hall of Fame Award will receive:
- An invitation to attend The Hartford Ski Spectacular for December in Breckenridge, CO
- Round-trip airfare to Denver International Airport
- Ground transportation from and to Denver International Airport
- Two nights lodging at Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center
- Lift tickets at Beaver Run Resort
- Two tickets to the banquet where the award will be presented
Members of the U.S. Disabled Snow Sports Hall of Fame (formerly the Disabled Ski Hall of Fame)
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For 30 years, Gwen Allard
has been a passionate leader in the adaptive skiing industry.
is a woman of strength and enthusiasm, which carries over to her love for disabled sports.
Racer - Engineer - Designer - Coach – Standards Developer – Instructor
wanted others to know what sports can mean for people with disabilities.
Dr. Sarah Billmeier
Dr. Sarah Billmeier
brought beauty, grace and skill to the world of skiing at a young age.
Throughout her entire life, Shannon Bloedel
has been a pioneer. She won an Olympic silver medal in the 1992 Paralympics.
A member of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team from 1992 to 1997, Bowness went on to win Paralympic medals in the downhill, super G and slalom and then became an instructor and a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America National Demonstration Team .
Cable won three Alpine Paralympic medals as a member of the United States Disabled Ski Team.
became one of the first PSIA adaptive and alpine certified examiners in the east.
Dr. Frank Chang
Dr. Frank Chang
joined The Children's Hospital Department of Orthopedics in 1981.
Cook won seven Paralympic medals, including double gold in 2006 with victories in both the 5 km freestyle and 10 km classic and a U.S.-record four silver medals at the 2002 Paralympics
is a World Champion and Paralympic medalist
During his long career, Norbert Fischer
has been involved in almost every aspect of skiing.
Early in life, Beth Fox
recognized her desire to dedicate herself to the service of others.
Gene has been a long time volunteer and instructor, and has managed an adaptive ski program that trained hundreds of instructors.
was a dominant force in her sport, thrilling fans with breathtaking 65-mph downhill runs.
Dr. Bob Harney
Dr. Bob Harney
believed that sport as a medicine could help heal the body, mind and spirit.
Hayes-Rodriguez ran the adaptive ski school for 23 years at Alpine Meadows and has taught adaptive skiing for more than 30 years.
won more than 20 gold and silver medals in national competition from 1976-1986.
has over 100 alpine victories, 10 combined national titles and 3 world championship medals.
won two Gold Medals in Norway with the U.S. Disabled Alpine Ski Team and for 25 years was committed to disabled sports in Alaska
Jason was named USOC Athlete of the Month in 2001- one of two disabled athletes ever to be named by the USOC.
was one of the first to implement the use of "outriggers" in the United States, purposely not patenting the device so that others amputees could copy it
was instrumental in developing adaptive equipment for people with disabilities.
was one of the few disabled alpine racers that pursued the able body FIS Racing circuit.
has competed in many events including the Boston Marathon and Paralympic Games.
Meier earned four Paralympic medals, five World Championship medals and 11 National Titles during his 16 years on the U.S. Adaptive Alpine Team.
enthusiasm for skiing began at the age of 4 skiing with family and friends.
Dr. Duane Messner
Dr. Duane Messner
felt that recreation through skiing would help in rehabilitation of children with amputations.
method of using Christy turns created a new system of skiing for people with disabilities.
Bobby has more then three decades teaching adaptive skiing, Nordic and snowboarding and has been a key developer of adaptive snowboarding.
A highly decorated veteran, Doug Pringle
learned to three-track ski in the 1960s after losing a leg in Vietnam.
, a former ski instructor, discovered the world of adaptive skiing during rehab.
Santos won six Gold Paralympic medals, then after 13 years on the USA team retired and became an adaptive ski coach.
For 15 years, Fred Tassone
made tremendous contributions to the disabled skiing industry.
A leader in the field of Recreation Therapy, Sandy Trombetta
has received numerous awards.
won more Paralympic medals than any male skier, earning medals in the 1992, 1994, 1998, and 2002 Winter Paralympics.
USSA 2010 International Adaptive Coach of the Year; guide for blind Paralympic champ Brian Santos and winner of six golds in the ’92 and ’94 Paralympics.
is the former CEO and co-founder of the National Ability Center, working there for more than two decades.
Winner of 12 Gold Paralympic medals, including a sweep of every event at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
shared techniques and experience to help others learn to ski and appreciate a lifetime sport.
||Brian Santos/Ray Watkins
||Dr. Bob Harney
||Beth Fox, Doug Keil
||Gwen Allard, Duane Messner, Frank Chang
||Jim Winthers, Paul Leimkuehler
Visit the National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame
The hall consists of famed pictures and biographies of the inductees as well as examples of adaptive equipment used for skiing. The hall honors achievements in adaptive sports over the last 40 years. The National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame is located at the Dr. Bob Harney Center at New England Disabled Sports, Loon Mountain, New Hampshire. Viewing hours will be regular business hours of New England Disabled Sports 8 am till 4 pm Monday-Friday and 7:30 till 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. After hours viewing is possible through several large windows adjacent to the hall of fame. For more information about visiting the Hall of Fame, please contact New England Disabled Sports at (603) 745- 6281 ext 5663 or email@example.com