The Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame held its annual award ceremony last Sunday, August 21, at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, CO.
Athlete Awards went to
- Mikaela Shiffrin, Competitor of the Year
- Thomas Walsh, Adaptive Athlete of the Year
- Filip Forejtek, Collegiate Athlete of the Year
- Katie Hensien, Collegiate Athlete of the Year
It was the third time Mikaela Shiffrin received this award. She was born in Vail, CO and now resides in Edwards, CO. Mikaela has podiumed a total of 120 times, making her the most decorated US alpine skier in history. She has won two Olympic gold medals and four World Cups and six World Championship gold medals.
Other awards went to The National Brotherhood of Skiers, who received the museum’s Top of the Hill Award, for its decades of supporting thousands of Black snowsport enthusiasts.
Other awards went to:
- Ron LeMaster – for his books on ski technique (post-humous)
- John Dakin – for his decades of PR work in CO
- Peter Rietz – for years of pro bono legal advice
- Jeannie Thoren – for advancing women’s snowsports gear
- Chester “Chet” Upham – owner of Loveland Ski Area (post-humous)
- Chan and Melitta Bergen – for support of the museum (post-humous)
Mikaela Shiffrin was in attendance and thanked the Colorado Snowsports Museum for their support and the entire Snowsports community.
‘La Shiffrin’, as she is lovingly called in the European Alps, had a very successful 21/22 FIS World Cup season, finishing as the overall FIS World Cup champion. A lot of controversy occurred during the Beijing Olympic Games when she DNFed in three events. She managed to however shake off the pressure for the last World Cup in Courchevel, France, winning the Downhill and thus securing her the fourth FIS World Cup title.