Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
PAUL WEGEMAN, 1927 -
Inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame 1998
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Paul is a Colorado native and started skiing at the age of three, under the tutelage of his father, Al. Growing up in Steamboat Springs, he started competing at an early age. He skied for Western State College and the University of Denver, under the leadership of former inductee, Willy Schaeffler, winning divisional and national intercollegiate championships.
In 1951, he brought to Colorado (and the West) for the first time, the coveted Skimeister Trophy from the Dartmouth Winter Carnival by winning the four-way title. He was the four-way Intercollegiate Champion in 1951, 1953, 1954, and 1955; second in Nordic Combined in 1949, 1950 and 1951; fifth in National Nordic Combined in 1950, and won the Lindley and Mayor Newton Trophies.
He competed on the 1950 World Nordic Championship and 1952 Olympics teams. His late brother, Keith, also a jumper, was inducted in the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1989, and his father Al, in 1977.
Paul worked as a full-time instructor at Vail/Broadmoor Ski Area in Colorado Springs, where he showed genuine interest in his students and their success. This enthusiasm was imparted to the staff, who also enjoyed his stories of the history of skiing. He spent more time with his students than any other instructor, out of love for the sport. He remains a role model for young and old alike through his attitude, character, and competitive ability.
He has made a huge contribution towards putting Steamboat Springs on the map as a large part of Colorado Ski Country, USA and has added to the fact that Steamboat has produced more Olympic athletes than any other community in Colorado.