The U.S. Disabled Snow Sports Hall of Fame Award recognizes outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to adaptive snow sports (Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Nordic and Biathlon) in two categories: Recreational / Development and Competition. The hall was created to honor individuals who have had an influential role in the field of disability sports as well as athletes who have excelled in adaptive sports.
The award in the Recreational / Development category recognizes an individual who has a minimum of five years of experience in adaptive snow sports and has made a significant contribution to the field, including innovative techniques, specialized equipment, program development, education or public relations. The award in the Competition category recognizes an individual (participant or coach), who has been active in international competition for a minimum of three years. Race results, team participation, innovative coaching techniques, and event promotions are considered for this category. Competitors and coaches must be retired from active competition or coaching for a minimum of three years prior to nomination.
Complete the US Disabled Snow Sports Hall of Fame Award Form and submit your nomination. The 2018 nomination deadline is Friday, August 31st.
A selection committee will review all nominees and present their decision to the DSUSA Board of Directors for ratification. The award recipient and nominator will be notified prior to the award presentation at The Hartford Ski Spectacular. The grant of $1,000 will be awarded to the chapter affiliated with the person who nominated the award winner. For questions, please contact email@example.com. Recipients of the U.S. Disabled Snow Sports Hall of Fame Award will receive:
- An invitation to attend The Hartford Ski Spectacular for December in Breckenridge, CO
- Round-trip airfare to Denver International Airport
- Ground transportation from and to Denver International Airport
- Two nights lodging at Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center
- Lift tickets at Beaver Run Resort
- Two tickets to the banquet where the award will be presented
Members of the U.S. Disabled Snow Sports Hall of Fame (formerly the Disabled Ski Hall of Fame)
For 30 years, Gwen Allard has been a passionate leader in the adaptive skiing industry.
Dollie Armstrong is a woman of strength and enthusiasm, which carries over to her love for disabled sports.
Nearly three decades of work in the adaptive ski movement, Kirsten was a founding instructor at the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte and was chairperson for the PSIA Rocky Mountain Adaptive Committee.
Peter Axelson: Racer – Engineer – Designer – Coach – Standards Developer – Instructor
Jack Benedick wanted others to know what sports can mean for people with disabilities.
Dr. Sarah Billmeier
Dr. Sarah Billmeier brought beauty, grace and skill to the world of skiing at a young age.
Throughout her entire life, Shannon Bloedel has been a pioneer. She won an Olympic silver medal in the 1992 Paralympics.
A member of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team from 1992 to 1997, Bowness went on to win Paralympic medals in the downhill, super G and slalom and then became an instructor and a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America National Demonstration Team.
Cable won three Alpine Paralympic medals as a member of the United States Disabled Ski Team.
Kathy Chandler became one of the first PSIA adaptive and alpine certified examiners in the east.
Dr. Frank Chang
Dr. Frank Chang joined The Children’s Hospital Department of Orthopedics in 1981.
Cook won seven Paralympic medals, including double gold in 2006 with victories in both the 5 km freestyle and 10 km classic and a U.S.-record four silver medals at the 2002 Paralympics
Muffy Davis is a World Champion and Paralympic medalist
During his long career, Norbert Fischer has been involved in almost every aspect of skiing.
Early in life, Beth Fox recognized her desire to dedicate herself to the service of others.
Gene has been a long time volunteer and instructor, and has managed an adaptive ski program that trained hundreds of instructors.
Diana Golden was a dominant force in her sport, thrilling fans with breathtaking 65-mph downhill runs.
Dr. Bob Harney
Dr. Bob Harney believed that sport as a medicine could help heal the body, mind and spirit.
Hayes-Rodriguez ran the adaptive ski school for 23 years at Alpine Meadows and has taught adaptive skiing for more than 30 years.
Rod Hernley won more than 20 gold and silver medals in national competition from 1976-1986.
David Jamison has over 100 alpine victories, 10 combined national titles and 3 world championship medals.
Doug Keil won two Gold Medals in Norway with the U.S. Disabled Alpine Ski Team and for 25 years was committed to disabled sports in Alaska
Jon “JK” Kreamelmeyer
For more than 40 years, JK has supported Nordic skiers from the high school level to Paralympic athletes as a guide, coach and mentor. In 1994, he guided Michele Drolet to a Paralympic Bronze medal and during his tenure as Head Coach of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team, the U.S. team brought home more than 11 Paralympic medals and more than 20 World Cup podiums.
Geoff Krill is the Executive Director and Chief Motivational Officer of Eastern Adaptive Sports (EAS). In addition, he serves as the Training Director for Loon Mountain’s Snowsports School. Geoff is a third term member of the PSIA/AASI National Team and continues to serve on the Steering Committee of the Adaptive Board of Examiners for PSIA-Eastern.
Jason Lalla was named USOC Athlete of the Month in 2001- one of two disabled athletes ever to be named by the USOC.
Paul Leimkuehler was one of the first to implement the use of “outriggers” in the United States, purposely not patenting the device so that others amputees could copy it
Ed Lukes was instrumental in developing adaptive equipment for people with disabilities.
Greg Mannino was one of the few disabled alpine racers that pursued the able body FIS Racing circuit.
Jim Martinson has competed in many events including the Boston Marathon and Paralympic Games.
Monte Meier earned four Paralympic medals, five World Championship medals and 11 National Titles during his 16 years on the U.S. Adaptive Alpine Team.
Bob Meserve’s enthusiasm for skiing began at the age of 4 skiing with family and friends.
Dr. Duane Messner
Dr. Duane Messner felt that recreation through skiing would help in rehabilitation of children with amputations.
Hal O’Leary’s method of using Christy turns created a new system of skiing for people with disabilities.
Bobby Palm has more then three decades teaching adaptive skiing, Nordic and snowboarding and has been a key developer of adaptive snowboarding.
A highly decorated veteran, Doug Pringle learned to three-track ski in the 1960s after losing a leg in Vietnam.
Danny Pufpaff, a former ski instructor, discovered the world of adaptive skiing during rehab.
Mary Riddell began skiing at the age of three at Durango/Purgatory Adaptive Sports. She qualified for the US Adaptive Ski Team when she was 14 years old and for the next nine years she was a dominate figure in national and international competition. Riddell won six Paralympic medals including two Gold. She also won six World Championship medals, two of them Gold. In addition, she won three World Cup Overall Globes, 11 individual event World Cup Globes, and multiple National titles. During the 2000/2001 season, Riddell was on the podium at every World Cup race.
Brian Santos won six Gold Paralympic medals, then after 13 years on the USA team retired and became an adaptive ski coach.
For 15 years, Fred Tassone made tremendous contributions to the disabled skiing industry.
A leader in the field of Recreation Therapy, Sandy Trombetta has received numerous awards.
Chris Waddell won more Paralympic medals than any male skier, earning medals in the 1992, 1994, 1998, and 2002 Winter Paralympics.
USSA 2010 International Adaptive Coach of the Year; guide for blind Paralympic champ Brian Santos and winner of six golds in the ’92 and ’94 Paralympics.
Meeche White is the former CEO and co-founder of the National Ability Center, working there for more than two decades.
Elizabell “Willie” Williams enhanced the lives of the disabled throughout her life through her love of the outdoors.
Winner of 12 Gold Paralympic medals, including a sweep of every event at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
Jim Winthers shared techniques and experience to help others learn to ski and appreciate a lifetime sport.
|YEAR||COMPETITION AWARDEE||RECREATION/DEVELOPMENT AWARDEE|
|2017||Mary Riddell||Geoff Krill|
|2016||Jon “JK” Kreamelmeyer||Kirsten Atkins|
|2015||Brian Santos/Ray Watkins||Bill Bowness|
|2014||Candace Cable||Katherine Hayes-Rodriguez|
|2013||Jason Lalla||Gene Gamber|
|2012||Muffy Davis||Kathy Chandler|
|2011||Monte Meiers||Dr. Bob Harney|
|2010||Sarah Will||Meeche White|
|2009||Steve Cook||Bob Meserve|
|2008||Sarah Billmeier||Bobby Palm|
|2007||Greg Mannino||Peter Axelson|
|2006||Chris Waddell||Sandy Trombetta|
|2003||Jim Martinson||Beth Fox, Doug Keil|
|2001||Fred Tassone||Gwen Allard, Duane Messner, Frank Chang|
|2000||Danny Pufpaff||Norbert Fischer|
|1999||Shannon Bloedel||Dollie Armstrong|
|1998||David Jamison||Rod Hernley|
|1997||Doug Pringle||Hal O’Leary|
|1996||Jack Benedick||Jim Winthers, Paul Leimkuehler|
|1995||Diana Golden||Willie Williams|