Auburn native and Olympic skier John Bower dead at 76

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Auburn native and Olympic skier John Bower dead at 76

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:07 am

Auburn native and Olympic skier John Bower dead at 76

...Bower grew up in Auburn and claimed four state titles at Edward Little in 1959. He later became the first American to win the prestigious Nordic combined King’s Cup, and then a leader of the U.S. Nordic Ski Team before playing an important role in the development of the Utah Olympic Park and the state’s Olympic facilities.

After graduating from Edward Little, Bower attended Middlebury College, where in 1961 he earned the school’s first NCAA Nordic combined championship.

He also won four U.S. titles in his career and was a two-time Olympian, placing 15th in 1964 at Innsbruck and 13th in 1968 at Grenoble. At the time, those were the highest finishes by an American skier.

His greatest accomplishment came the same year as his 13th-place Olympic finish, 1968, when he won the King’s Cup at Norway’s Holmenkollen Ski Festival. That win set the standard for other Americans who followed him, including Kerry Lynch (1983), Todd Lodwick (1998), Bill Demong (2009) and Bryan Fletcher (2012).

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