Inductions and awards were given out during the closing banquet of the 2011 Hartford Ski Spectacular in Breckenridge Colorado
ROCKVILLE, MD—February 6, 2012—Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), one of the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations, inducted Dr. Robert Harney and Monte Meiers into the National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame and honored Mike “Milty” Miltner with the Jim Winthers Memorial Award.
The National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame was created to honor those who played a significant role in adaptive skiing for individuals with disabilities. Disabled Sport USA inducts two individuals annually during the closing banquet of the Hartford Ski Spectacular. The 2011 inductees were Dr. Robert Harney for his contributions to adaptive skiing and Monte Meiers for his competitive ski racing career. The hall is currently on display at New England Disabled Sports in Lincoln, NH.
Dr. Robert Harney has been a tireless leader and innovator in adaptive skiing at the local, national and international levels. Dr. Harney was one of the founders and past board president of New England Disabled Sports in Lincoln, NH. He has served on the Disabled Sports USA Board of Directors as Vice President and is a member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Medical Classification Team for Alpine Skiing. As a successful orthopedic surgeon Dr. Harney has consistently promoted “sports as therapy”. Dr. Harney has been inducted into the National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame under the recreation and development category.
Monte Meier former US Adaptive Ski team member and world cup medalist never slowed down after losing a leg a 8 years old. From 1994 to his retirement from the team in 2009 Mr. Meiers optimized athletic competition. His ski racing awards include four Paralympic medals, including gold in Nagano, Japan; five World Championship medals; 14 World Cup Podiums; and 11 National Titles. Mr. Meier had been inducted into the National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame under the Competition Category.
The 2011 recipient of the Jim Winthers Memorial award is Mike “Milty” Miltner. The Jim Winthers Memorial Award recognizes life-time contributions and significant achievements in furthering the mission of Disabled Sports USA. Mr. Miltner started teaching adaptive skiing in 1985 at Disabled Sports USA Far West. Some of his contributions to adaptive skiing were the development of the bi-ski sit ski technology and teaching techniques, being a member of the National Clinic Team which traveled the United States to teach adaptive skiing and over 25 years of volunteer adaptive ski instruction.
About Disabled Sports USA
Founded in 1967, Disabled Sports USA is a charitable organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in sports. What began as a program to serve Vietnam veterans has since grown into one of the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations, annually serving more than 60,000 wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA offers programs in more than 40 summer and winter sports through its nationwide network of more than 100 community-based chapters. For more information, visit www.disabledsportsusa.org.
About the National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame
The National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame was created by the Disabled Sports USA and the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park Colorado in 1995. Since 2010, it has been located at the Dr. Bob Harney Adaptive Sports Center at New England Disabled Sports, Loon Mountain, New Hampshire. The hall was created to honor individuals who have had an influential role in disabled sports as well as athletes who have excelled in disabled sports. 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. For more information, visit www.disabledskihall.com
About the Jim Winthers Memorial Award
The Jim Winthers Memorial Award is named in honor of Jim Winthers, a WWII veteran who was a member of the U.S. 10 th Mountain Division- the Skiing 10 th- an elite group specifically trained for alpine warfare. He eventually became a pioneer in teaching adaptive skiing, beginning with two friends who became amputees in the war; he taught them to ski on one leg using techniques he was in Europe. Jim Winthers, with the support of other veterans, founded Disabled Sports USA in 1967.