Granby skier to be inducted into U.S. Ski Hall of Fame this weekend
April 3, 2009
By mid-afternoon on Wednesday, Olympic silver medalist Liz McIntyre had finished packing her car for a trip to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame ceremonies this weekend at Deer Valley Resort, Utah.
And what does one pack to be inducted into the Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame?
Skis, of course. She would be hitting the slopes with fellow Hall of Famers the day of the ceremony, April 4. Her telemark Dynastars and alpine Volkls already tucked inside her car.
Former U.S. Ski Team member McIntyre is receiving her induction for a decade’s-long freestyle racing career crowned by a silver 1994 Olympic medal in Lillehammer, Norway and as many as 18 World Cup medals. She competed in the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics.
“My Olympic experience was really special,” she said about her ’94 victory. “For the Norwegians, it’s a culture that celebrates winter and winter sports, so it was really an honor to be there in an Olympic setting … It was a picture-perfect winter.”
Following a multitude of bump-skiing successes, McIntyre embarked on a successful coaching career, guiding the likes of Nate Roberts, Jeremy Bloom, Hannah Kearney, Shannon Bahrke and Travis Cabral to World Champion and World Cup titles.
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One of her “all-time coaching moments,” she said, was in 2004 at the Worlds in Japan when the top two female and three male U.S. skiers occupied five of six podium spots.
“That was amazing,” she said. “It was a very good bus trip back to Tokyo.”
McIntyre is now a Hall of Fame inductee alongside Olympic Medalist and former teammate Nelson Carmichael of Steamboat and former U.S. Ski Team member Cary Adgate of Boyne Falls, Mich., who was a top racer in the 1970s.
Carmichael won bronze in the 1992 Olympics, the debut of moguls skiing.
“We have two Colorado kids going in, so that’s pretty cool,” McIntyre said. “It’s a real thrill and an honor to be inducted with him. He is an awesome person and a magnificent skier.”
Mountain skiing legend Bill Briggs, of Jackson Hole, Wyo., will also be honored at the ceremonies, staged at Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Lodge.
“My father is a big fan of Bill Biggs, the first guy to ski the Grand Teton,” McIntyre said, then chuckling. “I think he’s more excited to meet Bill Briggs than he is of me getting inducted.”
She’ll be joining the ranks of Hall of Famer Gerald “Jerry” Groswold of Winter Park, who was inducted in 1987 for his extensive leadership in the sport. Groswold is the son of Hall of Famer Thor C. Groswold.
“To join the company of someone like him, it’s a real neat honor.” McIntyre said.
McIntyre first came to Winter Park in the 1980s, competing in National Championship races. Over the years, she would return to Winter Park Resort to work with competition center coaches Joe Ward and Laurie Moony and enjoy Colorado skiing.
In 1991, she moved to Fraser.
With her U.S. Ski Team career now behind her, McIntyre lives in Granby and works for Twin Enviro Services of Steamboat Springs.
This weekend’s ceremony will double as a benefit for the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, Mich., the birthplace of organized competitive skiing in America. The Hall of Fame has enshrined 356 Olympic stars and sport pioneers, according to http://www.usskiteam.com.
“It’s a great sport,” McIntyre said ” hours away from being a ski Hall of Famer herself.
“It’s just something I never considered or conceived would happen.
“I just skied.”
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