U.S. Ski, Snowboard Hall Of Fame Elects Six Athletes, Sport Builders
Freestyle skiing champions, a film producer and a ski show pioneer were among those named to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame in an announcement this week by Co-Chair Bernie Weichsel.
The 2013 honorees include big mountain skier and Warren Miller movie star Scot Schmidt; freestyle world champion John Clendenin; 2006 Olympic moguls bronze medalist Toby Dawson; freestyle aerials champion Kris Fedderson; ski film producer Joe Jay Jalbert; and consumer ski show pioneer Jerry Simon.
Inductees were selected by a National Voting Panel of 200 members from all aspects of the sport. The inductees each achieved more than 50 percent of ballots cast.
“Our 2013 Hall of Fame nominees represent an extraordinary cross section of athletes and sports builders who have contributed at the highest level to our sport,” Weichsel said. “We’re proud to welcome them as honored members of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.”
The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Park City, Utah as the concluding event of Skiing History Week. The formal enshrinement will be held Sept. 19, 2014 at the Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, Mich.
Clendenin, an Aspen, Colo. native, was one of the early pioneers of freestyle skiing in the late 1960s. He founded the International Freestyle Skiers Association in 1973 and won World Championship titles in 1973 and 1974. His method and book, “Four Words for Great Skiing,” helped introduce many to the sport. Clendenin appeared in movies by Dick Barrymore, Joe Jay Jalbert, and Greg Stump.
Dawson was born in South Korea, was orphaned and raised by parents in Vail, Colo., where he honed an ability to ski moguls. He made the U.S. Ski Team at age 19, winning his first World Cup in 2001. He won a World Championship in 2005 and an Olympic silver medal a year later. Today, he is playing a key role with the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Fedderson, nicknamed Fuzz, is from Steamboat Springs, Colo., now living in Park City, Utah. He has been an athlete, coach, and business leader in freestyle skiing. He amassed 23 podium appearances during his 14 years as an aerialist on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. His coaching was key to the U.S. gold medal sweep at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Fedderson is co-founder of Flying Ace Productions.
Jalbert, from Mullan, Idaho, was a production assistant on the 1969 classic film “Downhill Racer,” where he skied as a double for Redford. From there he went on to produce more than 800 films, including winning an Emmy Award. Among those were four official Olympic and 14 FIS World Championship films. He has been producing ski movies for four decades.
Schmidt, Montana City, Mont., may be one of the most recognized skiers in the world as he pioneered a style and ability that inspired several generations of adrenalin-sport athletes. His skiing has been showcased in more than 40 movies, many by Warren Miller, who discovered him. Schmidt has been involved in an over-30 year partnership with The North Face.
Jerry Simon, from New York City and later Las Vegas, Nev. died in 2010. His ski world career began in 1964 when he partnered with Harry Leonard in the pioneering consumer ski show tours. He worked with his wife, Barbara Alley, on fashion show presentations at the shows and on TV; started the Skiing Mechanics and Managers Workshops; and the nationwide SkiGroup resort marketing shows. He created the International Ski Film Festival, skiing’s version of the Oscar, where the “Jerry” awards are presented each year.
Photos: Top -- John Clendenin (Clendenin Ski Method); Bottom (L-R) Scot Schmidt, Jerry Simon, Toby Dawson, Kris Fedderson, Joe Jay Jalbert (SkiHall.org)