Clark, Nash lead Maine Ski Hall inductees

Posted Oct. 22, 2010, at 4:39 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 22, 2010, at 9:10 p.m.

PORTLAND – Kirsten Clark and Marcus Nash were among the 2010 class of seven to be enshrined into the Maine Ski Hall of Fame Friday at Lost Valley Ski Area.The other inductees include Mort Lund of Augusta, Bernard Paradis of Fort Kent, John Atwood, Joan McWilliams Dolan and Bob Harkins.

Clark, a Raymond native who won five U.S. National downhill titles, one super G and one combined, spent 13 years on the U.S. squad and notched 28 top-10 finishes. She won a silver medal in the World Alpine Championships and skied in three Olympic games.

Nash skied for the U.S. Cross Country team for almost a decade and competed in two Olympics. He won a gold medal in the Goodwill Games at Lake Placid in 2000 and was a nine-time U.S. champion at multiple distances.

Paradis coached Fort Kent High School’s ski team for 26 years, winning five state championships in Classes A and C. He also won more than 20 Aroostook League titles and served on the board for Lonesome Pine Ski Trails in Fort Kent.

Lund started his ski writing career in 1954 with Sports Illustrated. The Bowdoin College graduate went on to write for Ski Magazine, covering the Olympics and many other aspects of the sport. He wrote three books (The Skier’s World,The Skier’s Bible and The Ski Book) and is still working as editor of Skiing Heritage, the first nationwide history journal published under the auspices of the International Skiing History Association.Atwood’s skiing career spanned a lifetime as he skied on the University of New Hampshire ski team and the U.S. Army ski team in Europe before coming to Maine, founding the Fryeburg junior ski program and coaching Fryeburg Academy’s girls ski team for 20 years, winning the Class A girls state title in 1976.

McWilliams skied out of Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley and dominated freestyle skiing, winning five national championships in seven years for the U.S. Ski Team. She started out in the Sugarloaf Masters Program and won her first national title in 1976 as a high school freshman. She represented the U.S. in the first-ever FIS-sanctioned freestyle competition and won the combined title.

Harkins worked as a weekend volunteer ski patrolman at Sunday River in Newry while at Edward Little High in Auburn and continued while he was attending the University of Maine. He coached the alpine racing program at Sunday River and started a teaching career that led to serving as athletic director and head ski coach at Gould Academy in Bethel. He later became director of the racing program at Alpental Ski Area in Washington state. He returned to Maine to create the Perfect Turn Program at Sunday River and Sugarloaf.

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