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October 16, 2008
The Mining Journal

ISHPEMING - The U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Ishpeming will gain four new members in April.

Hall president Tom West said the U.S. Ski Team's Liz McIntyre, Nelson Carmichael and Cary Adgate, along with American ski mountaineering pioneer Bill Briggs, will be inducted.

Both Olympic medalists, McIntyre and Carmichael will be recognized with Adgate, an Olympian who was named 2005 Masters Racer of the Year.

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Briggs has a collection of famous first descents to his name.

The official induction of the four new members will take place in Park City, Utah, in April, with an enshrinement in Ishpeming in September.

McIntyre's career spanned 20 years with the U.S. Ski Team, first as an athlete on the freestyle moguls squad from 1986-98, then as the moguls technical coach from 1999-2006.

The culmination of McIntyre's athletic career came during the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, where she led the qualifying round and went on to take a silver medal.

She also stood on top of the World Cup podium four times - all in Tignes, France - and earned 18 other World Cup top-10 finishes.

After taking time off during the 1990 season, she came back with her eye on the Olympics, making the team in 1992, '94 and '98.

West said Carmichael, a Steamboat Springs native, jumped into a spot on the U.S. Ski Team straight out of high school in 1984.

He struggled during his first couple of seasons, but by 1988 won the World Cup mogul championship.

In 1989, he repeated his World Cup championship, and at the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France, he won the bronze when freestyle debuted as an Olympic sport.

During his career with the U.S. Ski Team, he won six U.S. Championships and 12 additional World Cup events.

Adgate was a Midwesterner who made his first race turns on Michigan's Boyne Mountain.

In 1971, he won the U.S. Junior National Championship at age 17.

He joined the U.S. Ski Team in 1973 and won the Can-Am overall championship, the Can-Am GS crown and the Roch Cup downhill/overall title. He earned the U.S. Alpine Championship title in slalom or combined six times, and was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 1976 and '80.

Adgate turned to professional skiing in 1981, competing in Bob Beattie's World Pro Skiing Tour. Adgate became the only skier to win back-to-back races in his pro debut, going on to win 25 professional races and the 1984 U.S. Pro Championships.

In 2005, he won three U.S. Masters Championship events and was named Ski Racing Magazine's 2005 Master Racer of the Year.

Briggs is a pioneer descent skier and a foreleader of American ski mountaineering.

He started his professional ski career as a fully certified instructor in 1955 and founded the Bill Brigg's Ski School at Suicide Six Ski Area near Woodstock, Vt., in 1958.

With three companions, he made the first 100-mile traverse from the Bugaboos to Rogers Pass, British Columbia, in 1958.

He skied a series of first descents from Mount Rainer in 1961, Middle and South Teton in 1967, Mount Moran in 1968 and the Grand Teton in 1971 - all despite being born with a defective hip.

Briggs founded the Great American Ski School, which models his own ski teaching ideology and technique.

He established the Certainty Training Method for ski instructors and still holds the position of director at the Snow King Ski School in Jackson, Wyo.

The Hall's Class of 2008 was selected by an independent committee of ski professionals, historians and writers chaired by Paul Bousquet and voted on by a national panel.



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