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Maine skiing hall announces Class of '18

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Oct 27, 2016 4:54 am

Maine Ski Hall of Fame inducting new class this weekend
The newest inductees to the Maine Ski Hall of Fame.

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Maine skiing hall announces Class of '17

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:29 am

Maine skiing hall announces Class of '17

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Each year a program book is produced with a 500-word biography for each inductee, and these programs can be viewed on the website www.skimuseumofmaine.org. Here are this year’s inductees:

Karen Hunter Korn — Growing up in Bangor, Hunter Korn joined the Sugarloaf freestyle program in 1975-76 at age nine and began competing in local competition. Success followed quickly. She won the J -2 combined championship in 1981 (first in ballet, first in moguls, fourth in aerials, and eighth in overall combined) at age 14. From 1983-93, Hunter was a leading freestyle contender as a member of three World Championship teams. In her five seasons on the U.S. World Cup team, she achieved five podiums, 12 top-five finishes and 28 top-ten finishes.

Chip Cochrane — After turning in a 15th-place finish in his first FIS Can-Am (Now Nor-Am) downhill at Sugarloaf at age 15, Cochrane moved quickly up the ladder. He raced Europa Cup in 1976-77, earning a spot in the U.S. Ski Team’s development team in 1978. In 1981, he raced on the World Cup. Following an injury, he turned to coaching and has complied an impressive record of turning out successful racers at CVA, including Bode Miller, Kirsten Clark and Forest Carey.

Ed Rock — Rock came to Maine in 1983 to take over as general manager at Shawnee Peak and inherited a multitude of problems. The first was a hastily installed snowmaking system that had to be almost totally rebuilt, something he achieved during one of the rainiest summers in memory. In 34 years on the job, Rock has overseen adding and replacing lifts, building trails, boosting snowmaking and most of all recovery from a devastating ice storm. His success reflects how he built a dedicated staff that was willing to get to the mountain after the ice storm when many had no power at home.

Bruce Miles — After beginning to teach skiing at Sugarloaf in 1968, Miles earned PSIA certification in 1970, went on to train UMF students, taught skiing to military personnel in Garmisch, Germany, and achieved lifetime status with PSIA. He has coached, worked as an official, and served the Sugarloaf Ski Club and CVA in several capacities. As a fund raiser he led the way to the building of the new competition center at Sugarloaf.

Steve DeAngelis — In more than 33 years coaching skiing at Maranacook High School, DeAngelis has compiled one of the most impressive records in high school sports anywhere in Maine. His teams have 11 conference titles and 28 state titles, and he's consistently attracted more than 10 percent of the student body to his teams each season, thus helping to mold hundreds of skiers over his career.

David Chamberlain — An All-American Nordic skier out of Bates College, Chamberlain joined the professional cross country ski tour as a member of the Subaru and Fischer Ski team. During his professional career, he represented the United States at three World Championships and won the overall tour championship twice. He was a skiing guide for United States blind skiers at the 2014 Winter Paralympics.

Dick Taylor — At Dartmouth, Taylor captained the ski team in 1959, and in 1960 won the national 30-kilometer championship. In the Army, he trained for Biathlon, placing 11th in the World Biathlon Championships and sixth in World Cup in 1961. He went on to captain the U.S. Olympic Nordic Team in the 1964 Olympics, skiing in the 15-, 30- and 50K events. Following a stint coaching the U.S. Team, Taylor returned to Maine to teach and coach at Gould Academy, where he passed on his skills to a generation of young Nordic skiers.

Ralph Ostlund — Most skiers make their mark in the sport in their early years, but taking a pair of trains to school made it impossible for Ralph Ostlund to go out for his high school team in New Sewden. While he skied about the time he learned to walk, he got away from the sport. In 1973, at the age of 50, he quit smoking and returned to skiing and running. He skied cross country races of all lengths and piled up the medals, but most important he passed along his love for the sport organizing races in small towns and worked at school carnivals, local races and other events in Aroostook County. He made his mark inspiring younger racers even as he beat them on the course, increasing his schedule of races after he retired at 65.

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Re: Maine skiing hall announces Class of '17 (Oct 28)

Postby BDN » Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:21 am

Hunter, Cochrane among Maine Ski Hall of Fame inductees

KINGFIELD, Maine — The Maine Ski Hall of Fame will swell to 129 members on Oct. 28 when the organization welcomes a class of eight at its 15th annual induction banquet at the Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River in Newry.

This year’s class includes Karen Hunter Korn, Chip Cochrane, Ed Rock, Bruce Miles, Steve DeAngelis, David Chamberlain, Dick Taylor and Ralph Ostlund.

Hunter Korn, a Bangor native, was U.S. World Cup team freestyle skier and Greenville’s Cochrane was a World Cup downhill racer and coach. New Sweden’s Ostlund returned to cross country ski racing at age 50 and piled up an impressive number of medals into his 80’s.

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Re: Maine skiing hall announces Class of '18

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:52 am

Maine Ski Hall of Fame announces Class of 2018

Karen Colburn
A native of Bangor, Karen Colburn grew up skiing at Squaw Mountain in Greenville, joining the junior masters program, the precursor to freestyle. In the mid-1970s, Colburn was a freestyle pioneer, winning everything in Maine and moving onto the national scene by winning the first ever USSA Women’s National Amateur Freestyle Championship at Killington in 1975. At 18, she earned a place on the Professional Freestyle Association’s World Trophy Tour, where she excelled in moguls, aerials and ballet. Colburn was a top skier among the pioneers who established freestyle leading to its inclusion in World Cup and Olympic events.

Leon Akers
Following four years on the Andover High School ski team, Leon Akers lettered on the UMaine ski team for three years and coached all four events at Mexico High School for 10 years, developing such skiers as the Miller brothers.

In addition to coaching, he founded the Akers Ski Shop in 1958, importing ski equipment from Finland, Norway and Sweden and supplying equipment for schools and colleges throughout the United States. He continues to maintain trails on his own property available to all at no charge.

Anne Dowling

Starting at age 3, Anne Dowling skied Sugarloaf, working her way up through the freestyle program. At ages 6, 7 and 8, she was winning her age groups in Eastern Freestyle competition and made her first national competition at age 11. After winning the combined title at the junior World Championships in France at age 13, she was on her way. From 1985 to 1995 she competed around the world as a member of the U.S. Freestyle team and was consistently one of the top skiers on the team.

Norman Libby

Owner of a Bridgton Insurance agency, Norman Libby may have been Maine’s first winter adventurer. He was one of, if not the first, to ski Pleasant Mountain in the 1890’s. Libby was also the first to actually ski Mount Washington. In 1906, he scaled the mountain by climbing along the Cog Railway in the West, and in 1907 from the East, up the Auto Road. On the second trip, he and a friend actually skied all the way from Bridgton, ascending several smaller peaks along the way.

David Stonebraker

David Stonebraker coached Hebron Academy ski teams for 37 years, becoming a leader in prep school skiing. He helped craft the bylaws of the Maine Prep League and also was active in the Maine Alpine Racing Association, serving as tournament director at USSA races in Maine. In the mid 1980s Dave helped lay out the Hebron’s current cross-country trail system, which he continues to work on and maintain to this day.

Kristina Sabasteanski
After competing in Olympic biathlon as a member of the U.S. Army, Kristina Sabasteanski brought her Nordic skills to Maine and promptly got involved in Maine skiing. At Pineland, she founded the Veteran’s Adaptive Sports and Training Program, which involves our veterans in skiing and healthy outdoor activities. From 2003-2006, she was a spokesperson for Winterkids, visiting classrooms promoting Nordic skiing and motivating kids to get into outdoor sports in winter. For the past four years, she has been a New England Nordic Skiing Association presenter on Women’s Days.

Warren Cook
When his uncle King Cummings, chairman of the board at Sugarloaf, called him to help reorganize the ski area, Warren Cook answered the call and used his business skills to help bring the resort out of Chapter 11 without any loss of operations or jobs.

His willingness to work in the front lines set an example for Sugarloaf employees, inspiring greater performance in guest services. Warren’s greatest legacy is the long list of employees he mentored who have gone on to fill important positions, not only at Sugarloaf but elsewhere in the industry, including John Diller, 18 years as Sugarloaf GM; Nancy Marshall, operating one of Maine’s top PR Firms; Chip Carey, who has been a leading marketing director from Sugarloaf to Jackson Hole; and current Sunday River president Dana Bullen.
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Re: Maine skiing hall announces Class of '18

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:22 am

A love of snow sports
Colburn navigates slopes to Maine Ski Hall of Fame
Camden resident has been 'shredding powder' entire life

... And all those wins, awards, experience and being known as a professional, culminated this year for Colburn, when she received the news she will be inducted into the Maine Ski Hall of Fame, as part of the 2018 class.

“I was so excited,” said the 61-year-old Colburn. “I came close to tears. I’m very delighted to be remembered.”

Colburn is part of a seven-skier class, that includes: Leon Akers, Kristina Sabasteanski, Anne Dowling, David Stonebraker, Warren Cook and Norman Libby.

“I grew up in Bangor and my dad was keen to share the love of outdoors with us kids,” Colburn said.

When Colburn was four, she began skiing with her father at Ski Horse, in Newburgh, Maine — which has since closed — but then moved to new trails.

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