Hall of Fame Names Six Inductees
SAM Magazine—Ishpeming, Mich., Nov. 6, 2013—Six athletes and sport builders have been elected to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame for their contributions to the sport. Honorees include big mountain skier Scot Schmidt, freestyle pioneer and world champion John Clendenin, 2006 Olympic moguls bronze medalist Toby Dawson, freestyle aerials champion Kris Feddersen, globally acclaimed ski film producer Joe Jay Jalbert, and ski show pioneer Jerry Simon.
The six will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held in Park City, on April 5. The induction highlights Skiing History Week and the 50th anniversary of Park City Mountain Resort.
“Our 2013 Hall of Fame inductees represent an extraordinary cross section of athletes and sport builders who have contributed at the highest level of our sport,” said Bernie Weichsel, co-chairman of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
About the honorees:
Aspen native John Clendenin was one of the early pioneers of freestyle skiing. He founded the International Freestyle Skiers Association in 1973 and won World Championship titles in 1973 and 1974. Clendenin appeared in a host of ski films from noted producers Dick Barrymore, Joe Jay Jalbert and Greg Stump, developed the Clendenin Ski Method and authored “Four Words for Great Skiing.”
Toby Dawson was orphaned in Korea, then raised by parents in Vail where he discovered mogul skiing. He reached the pinnacle of his career by taking the World Championship in 2005 and Olympic bronze a year later. He remains a global leader in the sport, introducing his birth nation to mogul skiing and serving a key role with the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.
Kris “Fuzz” Feddersen has impacted freestyle skiing as an athlete, coach and business leader. In 14 years as an aerialist on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, Feddersen amassed 23 podiums. As a coach, he played a key role in the gold medal sweep of U.S. aerialists at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano. As a co-founder of Flying Ace Productions, he has brought the excitement of action sports to tens of thousands worldwide.
Joe Jay Jalbert began his film career as a production assistant and ski double for Robert Redford in the 1969 classic film “Downhill Racer.” From industry product launches to television specials, the Emmy award winning producer has over 800 productions to his credit, including four official Olympic and 14 FIS World Championship films.
Twenty-five years after breaking onto the scene, Scot Schmidt remains one of the most recognized and filmed skiers in the world, having appeared in more than 40 films. Schmidt pioneered a style that inspired generations of adrenaline-sport athletes and made “extreme” a household word. His impact in the 1980s set the stage for dramatic changes in the sport.
The late Jerry Simon enjoyed a career that touched almost every corner of the sport. From his start in 1964 with Harry Leonard’s ski shows through pioneering the Skiing Mechanics and Managers Workshop, from producing the SkiGroup resort marketing shows to creating the International Ski Film Festival, Simon served the industry and the public alike.