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Gorsuch, Nelson top list of inductees into Ski Hall of Fame

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The Colorado Ski Museum in Vail will induct five new members into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002 at the Westin Hotel in Westminster, including three new members with strong Vail ties. The public is invited to attend the gala celebration of Colorado’s skiing history.Joining 140 previous Colorado Ski Hall of Fame Members will be:David Gorsuch, a Colorado native who was a member of the 1958 U.S. World Championship Ski Team and the 1960 U.S. Olympic Team. In 1962, David and his wife Renie founded Gorsuch Ltd., a specialty ski shop and a Vail Village institution. For more than 40 years, Gorsuch Ltd. has set standards in the ski industry and introduced generations of skiers to the magic of Colorado skiing. When asked what role skiing has played in his life, Gorsuch says: “It has provided me the ability to choose great opportunities. It has given me so much.”Cindy Nelson’s numerous achievements in skiing include being an Olympic and World Cup ski racer. Representing the United States, she won countless medals and broke numerous records. A Vail fixture, she has become both a role model and hero to a generation of ski racers and has also shown a great commitment to Colorado with her charity work through the Vail-based Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation, the Colorado AIDS Project, the Cindy Nelson Scholarship Fund and the Women’s Sports Foundation.Dr. Robert Oden graduated from Northwestern Medical School in 1947 and moved to Aspen in 1957 establishing its first orthopedic practice. Oden assisted in the formation of Vail’s medical clinic and helped establish new hospitals in Colorado. Oden has devoted many hours to the welfare of the U.S. Ski Team creating and implementing the U.S. Ski Team Doctors Pool. He continues to be active in the Aspen community where he resides with his wife Nancy.John P. Litchfield started skiing at the age of four, began competing as a child, and skied for the famed Dartmouth Ski Team. He served as a captain in the 10th Mountain Division and received the Bronze Star for serving his country in World War II. Following the war, John returned to Colorado and helped found the Aspen Ski School and served as its co-director. He was also an original investor in Aspen Skiing Company and was the first owner of the famous Red Onion Restaurant. Litchfield was chosen as a member of the 1952 Olympic Team. He currently serves on the board of the 10th Mountain Division Foundation.Anderl Molterer’s accomplishments as a premier ski racer for the Austrian Ski Team have only been eclipsed by his commitment and passion for Colorado skiing. As an ambassador for the Aspen Skiing Company, Anderl has promoted Colorado skiing throughout the world. Beginning with his days as a ski instructor and later as the racing director for Aspen, Anderl has coached many young ski racers, impacting new generations of skiers. Beginning in 1970, Molterer opened Molterer Sports in Aspen and operated it for 17 years. Known for his passion and zest for the sport, he has been called “Mr. Aspen and Colorado Skiing.”. In Austria, Molterer has been honored with the “Legends of Skiing” and the “Hahnenkam Legend of Honor” awards. His career spans two continents and includes more than 40 years in Colorado as one of the state’s outstanding sportsmen and inspirational promoters. To quote Molterer, “I may be Austrian by birth, but Coloradoan by life choice.”The Ski Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made a contribution or had a direct impact on Colorado winter sports. This year will mark the 25th induction ceremony. The Colorado Ski Museum Ski Hall of Fame is a non-profit historic organization dedicated to celebrating the spirit and history of skiing and snowboarding in Colorado. Funds raised through special events are used to create new exhibits and special programs for the residents of Colorado.Tickets for the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame Gala are $80 for members of the Colorado Ski Museum and $100 for non-members. Corporate table sponsorships are also available. For more information call the Colorado Ski Museum at (970) 476-1876 or (800) 950-7410 or e-mail info@skimuseum.net. Visit their website at http://www.skimuseum.net for more information about the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame and its honored members.


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