Ostlund being inducted into Maine Ski Hall of Fame this weekend

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KINGFIELD, Maine — The Maine Ski Hall of Fame will swell to 129 members on Saturday, Oct. 28, when the organization welcomes a class of eight at its 15th annual induction banquet at the Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River in Newry.

This year’s class includes Ralph Ostlund, Karen Hunter Korn, Chip Cochrane, Ed Rock, Bruce Miles, Steve DeAngelis, David Chamberlain, and Dick Taylor.

New Sweden’s Ostlund, who will be inducted posthumously, returned to cross country ski racing at age 50 and piled up an impressive number of medals into his 80s.

Hunter Korn, a Bangor native, was U.S. World Cup team freestyle skier and Greenville’s Cochrane was a World Cup downhill racer and coach. Rock was the general manager of Shawnee Peak in Bridgton for 34 years and Miles served as the president of the Sugarloaf Ski Club and as executive director of the Ski Museum of Maine, and is a certified lifetime Professional Ski Instructors of America member.

DeAngelis was the ski coach at Maranacook High School in Readfield for more than 33 years and Chamberlain was an All-American Nordic skier. Taylor was a World Cup biathlete and U.S. Olympic Nordic team captain.

The Maine Ski Hall of Fame was formed to recognize those Maine skiers who have brought distinction to Maine skiing or made significant contributions to the sport. They may include competitors, coaches, instructors, ski patrollers, ski area builders, managers and volunteers.

A program of the Ski Museum of Maine, the Maine Ski Hall of Fame records the history of Maine skiing through the biographies produced for each class.

Inductee biographies written in the annual program are archived in the museum and on the website, www.skimuseumofmaine.org . The Ski Museum of Maine was established in 1995 to celebrate and preserve Maine’s ski history and heritage.

The ski museum exhibits artifacts, photographs, artwork and documents at its location in Kingfield, conducts educational programs for ski clubs, schools, libraries, historical and civic organizations, and hosts social events and activities throughout the year.