ISHPEMING - Eight greats in the world of snow sports officially took their places in the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Friday evening.
Elected last year, the members of the 2011 class of inductees were presented to the community at the W.C. Peterson Auditorium in Ishpeming.
The 2011 class included three Olympic athletes, as well as developers, writers and others who have made significant contributions to the sports of skiing and snowboarding.
U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame President Tom West, left, presents a plaque recognizing hall of fame inductee and resort developer Nick Badimi to Badimi’s grandson Nicholas Badimi, who was representing his late grandfather at the induction ceremony for eight new hall members at W.C. Peterson Auditorium in Ishpeming Friday evening. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)
"We have a great class of inductees this year," hall President Tom West said. "Their stories will truly inspire you."
Making up the class were snowsports developer Nick Badami, skiing historian Mason Beekley, writer and coach Dick Dorworth, industry leader Philip Gravink, ski show pioneer Harry Leonard, Olympian Joe Pack, ski racer Tyler Palmer and racer Eva Twardokens.
Each member was presented with a short video highlighting their accomplishments and then called forward to receive a plaque.
Nicholas Badami, grandson of Nick Badami who died in 2008, accepted the honor on his grandfather's behalf.
"He would never take all the credit," Nicholas Badami said. "He was a very unselfish man."
Badami shared several stories with the community of participating in skiing events with his grandfather, such as being able to run with the Olympic torch for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
The Hall of Fame Weekend continues today with the Kiwanis Welcome Breakfast at the K.D. Hall in Ishpeming at 9 a.m., the Coy Hill Memorial Golf Tournament at noon and the Carl Tellefsen Banquet at 6 p.m., both at the Wawonowin Golf Club.
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