Created on Thursday, 01 November 2007 08:11
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2007 09:27
Downhill world championship medalist Doug Lewis, Fayston, and Olympic champion Eric Bergoust highlight the 2007 selections to the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
"This is a great collection of accomplished athletes and sport pioneers," said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President Bill Marolt. "Eric dominated freestyle aerials in the late '90s and Doug's medal in 1985 really ushered in today's U.S. strength in the downhill."
Lewis, a two-time Olympian, was bronze medalist in downhill at the 1985 World Championships -- the first won by an American man at the World Championships. He also won two U.S. downhill championships before retiring in 1988.
He went on to co-found Eliteam, a summer program aimed at improving conditioning for young ski racers and other athletes through sport psychology, physiology and good nutrition. He remains one of the most charismatic promoters of ski racing today and is active as a television commentator with the Resort Sports Network and as a commentator at the Birds of Prey World Cup in Beaver Creek, CO.
Bergoust, a four-time Olympian, is the most successful aerialist in U.S. history. He won the 1998 Olympic gold medal, the 1999 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships crown, the 2001 and 2002 World Cup aerials titles, 17 World Cup events, and three U.S. aerials championships.
Bergoust was hooked after watching a World Cup on ESPN in 1985. With a trampoline in his backyard just outside Missoula, MT, he was soon working on aerial skiing tricks. In 1988 he drove with his brothers to watch the aerials demonstration at the Calgary Olympics. He retired from the sport in 2006 and is now coaching.
There will be an induction ceremony in Las Vegas on January 31, 2008, during the Ski Industries of America Annual Convention. Then in September, there will be an induction in Ishpeming at the Hall.