Olympians Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht were among the star-studded group of eight noted skiing and snowboarding pioneers, athletes and sport builders inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame at an April 6, 2019, ceremony in Park City.
The annual induction honors not only athletes, but industry icons, innovators and inventors with lifelong national and international achievements in all facets of snowsports.
The celebration returned to Utah for the third time. The National Induction was held in Park City in 2014 and previously in 2009.
Among the eight inductees were the late Tom Sims, inventor of the "skiboard;" William Jensen, nationally renowned resort operator; the late Don Henderson, a pioneer of ski racing; Tom Kelly, the leading spokesperson for U.S. Ski & Snowboard; alongside Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht 5- time and 2-time Alpine Skiing Olympians respectively. Two women round out the class of 2018 with Kristen Ulmer, known as the first female extreme skier and Hilary Engisch-Klein, a world dominating freestyle skier.
Bode Miller was the most successful U.S. male skier of our time. He participated in five Olympics, winning one gold, three silver, and two bronze medals.
Andrew Weibrecht spent 16 years on the U. S. Ski Team. At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver he won a bronze and in 2014 Sochi Games won a silver medal in Super-G.
Hilary Engisch-Klein is four-time Women's World Cup Moguls champion and has 35 World Cup victories. Skiing magazine named her the "greatest female mogul skier alive." She is founder of Kids On Top.
Kristen Ulmer is known as the first female extreme skier. In 1997 she became the first female to ski the Grand Teton. In 2017 she published a bestseller, "The Art of Fear."
Tom Kelly served U.S. Ski & Snowboard for 32 years as VP, communications. He has been active within the USOC and International Ski Federation, including 14 years as chairman of the FIS PR and Mass Media Committee.
Tom Sims (1950-2012) in 1963 built a "skiboard," combining sports of skiing, skateboarding, and surfing. He founded SIMS Snowboards & Skateboards in 1976 and was World Champion in both sports. Tom was instrumental in snowboarding becoming an Olympic sport in 1998.
During his 45-year nationwide career Bill Jensen was involved in every aspect of a resort's operation, including Mammoth Mountain, Sun Valley, Sunday River, Northstar, Breckenridge, Vail, lntrawest, and Telluride.
Don Henderson (1924-2018) was a true pioneer of ski racing. He was a Veteran of World War II and the Tenth Mountain Division, a collegiate star at Middlebury in the late forties and also served as the head coach for the US Ski Team.