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post #61 of 86
Easy the members of Kiandra Snow Shoe Club

The worlds first skiing club.
post #62 of 86
In Japan the term is "Sensei". The word does not just mean teacher, the meaning is quite deeper.

"All the faces that have come before you"

We have all learned something from them, from their efforts in a progression.

Last year I got to thank Stein Eriksen for giving me a vision when I was a kid ..... skiing and Stein got me through some very rough times when I needed a place to escape.
post #63 of 86
Norheim, Def has to be Sondre Norheim
post #64 of 86
Although mentioned only once it needs to be said again. It all starts with the feet.

Bob Lange, Creator of modern ski boots, died at age 74
06/27/00
The father of the plastic ski boot passed away from a heart attack at the age of 74 on June 15th. Bob Lange began developing his revolutionary plastic shelled boots as a student at Harvard. As a skier with weak ankles, he sought out a design that would encourage more power and movement than leather boots would provide. His first supportive ski boot was introduced in 1959, beginning a trend and dominating the market around the world.

Buckles were introduced to the Lange design in 1963, and ski racers quickly embraced the Lange boot. By the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France, Lange boots were the favorite among the competitors with almost three-quarters of the racers wearing them. Five gold medals were won by skiers wearing Lange boots.

Besides the introduction of plastic to ski boots, Lange also made several other advances in ski equipment design. Lange patented the self-molding inner boot, buckles with microscrew adjustments and the first thermoplastic polyurethane boot. Marketing savvy played a big part in Bob Lange's success, as he added bright colors to the boots to attract more buyers. The Rossignol group bought the Lange company in the late 1980's, and the Lange boot has since continued to achieve favoritism among competitive and recreational skiers alike.
post #65 of 86
Quote:
Originally posted by ryan:
Ullr

edit: with Bob Beattie right there behind him.

edit: then Suzy Chaffee.

edit: followed closely by Bonni.
Looks like ryan's tryin' to get laid...
post #66 of 86
Quote:
Originally posted by PhysicsMan:
I'll go back a bit further:

Mr. Stem Christie,
err that's actually a chick... Stem Christiana

and would everyone PLEASE stop calling Scot Schmidt Scott Schmitt!!!?? I mean if yer tryin' to give someone some credit at least get their name right!!

[ November 14, 2003, 08:41 PM: Message edited by: Roto ]
post #67 of 86
Glenn Plake, no doubt!! :
post #68 of 86
Triple M:
McConnkey
Morrison
Moseley.
post #69 of 86
Warren Witherell, who got us carving railroad tracks back in the early 70's and Sel Hannah who pioneered snowmaking technology.
post #70 of 86
Quote:
Originally posted by Roto:
and would everyone PLEASE stop calling Scot Schmidt Scott Schmitt!!!?? I mean if yer tryin' to give someone some credit at least get their name right!!
Somebody better tell TGR then, they have it spelled Scott Schmidt in thier description for their movie The Prophecy.

http://www.tetongravity.com/tgrstore/item180.htm
post #71 of 86
And what about Cliff Taylor who pioneered the "Shortee Ski" teaching technique in the late 60's giving birth to the Graduated Length Method, the precursor to shorter lengths in general.
post #72 of 86
Out of interest, this is who the Ski Clowns...sorry, Club of Great Britain thinks.

Ski Clowns Centenary Awards

They seem to be in the ball park with a few, but several are rather sketchy to say the least.
post #73 of 86
Quote:
Originally posted by AltaSkier:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Roto:
and would everyone PLEASE stop calling Scot Schmidt Scott Schmitt!!!?? I mean if yer tryin' to give someone some credit at least get their name right!!
Somebody better tell TGR then, they have it spelled Scott Schmidt in thier description for their movie The Prophecy.

http://www.tetongravity.com/tgrstore/item180.htm
</font>[/quote]Exactly, schmiDt not schmiTt

Thanks
post #74 of 86
Dude,

Thats what Alta said. Tom incorrectly spelled his name Schmitt. TGR is correct it is Schmidt.

: : :
post #75 of 86
Quote:
Originally posted by Roto:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by AltaSkier:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Roto:
and would everyone PLEASE stop calling Scot Schmidt Scott Schmitt!!!?? I mean if yer tryin' to give someone some credit at least get their name right!!
Somebody better tell TGR then, they have it spelled Scott Schmidt in thier description for their movie The Prophecy.

http://www.tetongravity.com/tgrstore/item180.htm</font>[/quote]Exactly, schmiDt not schmiTt

Thanks
</font>[/quote]Might want to check that first name while your at it.

EDIT - I missed it in my first post as well.

[ November 19, 2003, 11:45 AM: Message edited by: AltaSkier ]
post #76 of 86
Quote:
Originally posted by moskier:
I'm still pretty new here so I don't know if there has been another thread on something like this but I haven't seen one. What person do you think has had the most influence in making skiing what it is today?
post #77 of 86
Quote:
Originally posted by thebuzard:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by moskier:
I'm still pretty new here so I don't know if there has been another thread on something like this but I haven't seen one. What person do you think has had the most influence in making skiing what it is today?
</font>[/quote]Sorry I forgot to reply: Bob Marley
post #78 of 86
The Swedes are right up at the top of the list (wherever that actually is) on at least two counts:

1)By Cheap Seats:
Quote:
I don't know whose had the greatest contribution in skiing in general, but i can easily say who had the greatest contribution to the sport in my little world -- Stenmark. I remember watching watching him race, turn for turn, for years trying to re-learn patterns that unfortunately were engrained from the Killy era. Stenmarks style put the whole puzzle together for me and thousands of others - the efficiency thru simplicity was instantly recognizible. What it lacked in elegance, it more than made up for in function. He brought the skiing world from its early stages of the Alberg technique to the way many of us ski today
I agree. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

2) The oldest known ski in the world (c.2500 BC)was found in in Hoting, Sweden. Some intrepid soul living thereabouts thousands of years ago thought up the idea of moving across snow on wooden planks. Don't you agree that this unknown person also deserves be at the top of the list? [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #79 of 86
Quote:
Originally posted by moskier:
I'm still pretty new here so I don't know if there has been another thread on something like this but I haven't seen one. What person do you think has had the most influence in making skiing what it is today?
I think one of them has to be Mr. Lange ... invented plastic boots and some say the basic four buckle configuration.

GF
post #80 of 86
Quote:
Originally posted by Lostboy:
The Swedes are right up at the top of the list (wherever that actually is) on at least two counts:

1)By Cheap Seats: </font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr /> I don't know whose had the greatest contribution in skiing in general, but i can easily say who had the greatest contribution to the sport in my little world -- Stenmark. I remember watching watching him race, turn for turn, for years trying to re-learn patterns that unfortunately were engrained from the Killy era. Stenmarks style put the whole puzzle together for me and thousands of others - the efficiency thru simplicity was instantly recognizible. What it lacked in elegance, it more than made up for in function. He brought the skiing world from its early stages of the Alberg technique to the way many of us ski today
I agree. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

2) The oldest known ski in the world (c.2500 BC)was found in in Hoting, Sweden. Some intrepid soul living thereabouts thousands of years ago thought up the idea of moving across snow on wooden planks. Don't you agree that this unknown person also deserves be at the top of the list? [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
</font>[/quote]Ingemar for sure,

But would you really put #2 before Victoria Silvestedt?? (also a Swede)
post #81 of 86
Tongue in cheek a little... but I'd hardly count the Sweedes in there on the basis that many people have achieved more in 90 or even 10 years, than the 3400 years it took for the Sweedish idea to become popular. Sauna's, expensive beer and some of the best looking girls on the planet maybe...but the most influential people in skiing?

I know, I know... "Just shows how far ahead of their times they were etc. etc.". Look, it's influencing opinion that counts here not just having great vision.

If I'm sounding stroppy then it's because I am. How can I not be with so many of you lot will be grabbing freshies this week whilst I'm stuck in snowless Manchester until the 23rd of Dec. Bahh humbug!

[ November 21, 2003, 07:53 AM: Message edited by: freshtracks ]
post #82 of 86
..echoing the already voted for...

Ullr
Sondre Norheim
Hannes
Alf engen
Killy/Schmitt/Plake/Coombs
Kevin Andrews (..WhO?? )
*simply for being one who(in WM flicks) took the line "not often taken")...

[ November 21, 2003, 10:58 AM: Message edited by: HaveSkisWillClimb ]
post #83 of 86
Lots of people have carried the torch thru the years, Killy, Stenmark, Sabich, Klammer, Toomba, so many! But within the last 20 yrs. I'd have to say Coombs, Schmidt, and no doubt about it, Glen Plake! There's nothing he can't do on ski's!! And preaches the gospel about it! : [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #84 of 86
Glen Plake and many of the others mentioned here may have contributed some to the sport, but they are way too contemporary. You have to look at some of the real pioneers of the sport. For example,innkeepers Robert and Elizabeth Royce,David Dodd and Clinton Gilbert, all who are not that well known really, had a lot more to do with skiing developing into what it is today (particularly in the US) than any of the contemporaries mentioned. The Royce's owned the White Cupboard Inn, in Woodstock, Vermont and the other two had a hand in the construction of the first rope tow in the US. on Gilbert's hill. This Rope tow was the start of uphill transportation in the United States.


Here is an interesting write-up about this: White Cupboard Inn
post #85 of 86
In 1861, skiing began in Kiandra - the first place in Australia to have skiing. The Kiandra Ski Club is the oldest ski club in the world.

Oz [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #86 of 86
Yup! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

jdm
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