Las Vegas (Ski Press)-The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame ran its list of honored members Wednesday to 349, welcoming HEAD athlete and former Olympic moguls champion Jonny Moseley, former World Championships double-gold medalist and World Cup champion Trace Worthington and former World Championships slalom medalist and three-time World Cup winner Julie Parisien.
The induction ceremonies were held during a breakfast at the SIA.07 SnowSports Trade Show, the largest skiing and snowboard show in North America, to help showcase the Hall of Fame to the industry. A public recognition ceremony will be held in the fall at the Hall's home in Ishpeming, MI.
"We owe a big debt of gratitude to [SIA President] Dave Ingemie and his staff for making this happen," Bill Marolt, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, said later. "Tom West [Hall of Fame president and CEO] and his staff, and the board of directors did a terrific job, but Dave really helped make this happen in Vegas. I'm already looking forward to next year because was a great start in promoting our athletes, their success and the Hall of Fame."
Said West, "We felt it was important to share this treasure," referring to the induction. The first 33 inductions were held in Ishpeming, where the Hall was opened in 1956. A public recognition will be held in Ishpeming in late September for the three newest members. Each of the three received a special Hall of Fame medallion and a plaque.
Moseley opened the door to inverts
HEAD athlete Moseley, the 1998 Olympic champion with his 360 mute grab at the Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, also was cited as pioneer for helping kick open the doors to more creative maneuvers by moguls skiers with his off-axis "dinner roll" in the 2002 season and at the Olympics. Until the 2003 season, skiers were not allowed to do inverted jumps, i.e., their feet could not go above their head.
However, Moseley, pushing to open his sport, according to USSA VP Tom Kelly, who introduced all three former athletes and told part of their story, gave himself up at the Olympics so officials would release some of the restrictions. Within a year, moguls was blown wide open with off-axis permitted in 2003 and inverted jumps with the '04 season.
"It's been a group effort," Moseley said as he began to spotlight his "coaches, mentors and advisors," starting with his parents, who were on hand for the ceremony, sitting with former Coach Cooper Schell and Moseley's new wife, Malia.
Moseley, in his signature easy-smiling manner, pointed out how he followed his two older brothers, Jeff and Rick into freestyle at Squaw Valley in the Lake Tahoe area; Jeff, he said, "was inspired by 'Hot Dog the Movie'" as he entered them in a dual moguls contest; Rick was Moseley's first tutor, he said, and always would critique Jonny's run but then flip out when he'd come out "and I'd be talking to some chick."
He thanked his first coach at Squaw, Raymond deVre, and Schell as well as Glen Plake - the free-living, free-thinking ski icon - for providing some inspiration and said Worthington was "as awesome awesome athlete" who was great as a teammate and friend.