Karen Hunter Korn
Growing up in Bangor, Karen Hunter joined the Sugarloaf Freestyle program in 1975-76 at age nine and began competing in local competition. Success followed quickly winning the J II combined Championship in 1981, 1st in Ballet, 1st in moguls 4th in aerials, and 8th in overall combined at age 14. Named to the U.S. Team she won the Junior World Overall Freestyle Championship in 1983. From 1983 to 1993 Hunter was a leading freestyle contender as a member of three World Championship Teams. In her five seasons on the U.S. World Cup Team she achieved 5 Podiums, 12 top five finishes and 28 top ten finishes.
After turning in a 15th place finish in his first FIS Can-Am (Now Nor-Am) Downhill at Sugarloaf at age 15 Chip Cochrane moved quickly up the ladder. He raced Europa Cup in 1976-77, earning a spot in the U.S. Ski Team’s Development team in 1978. In 1981 he raced on the World Cup. Following an injury he turned to coaching and has complied an impressive record of turning out successful racers at CVA including Bode Miller, Kirsten Clark and Forest Carey.
Ed Rock came to Maine in 1983 to take over as General Manager at Shawnee Peak and inherited a multitude of problems. The first was a hastily installed snowmaking system that had to be almost totally rebuilt something he achieved during one the rainiest summers in memory. In 34 years on the job Rock has overseen adding and replacing lifts, building trails, boosting snowmaking and most of all recovery from a devastating ice storm. His success reflects how he built a dedicated staff, that was willing to get to the mountain after the ice storm when many had no power at home.
After beginning to teach skiing at Sugarloaf in 1968, Bruce Miles quickly earned PSIA certification in 1970, went on to train UMF students, taught skiing to military personnel in Garmisch, Germany and has achieved lifetime status with PSIA. He has coached, worked as an official, and served the Sugarloaf Ski Club and CVA in several capacities. As a fund raiser he led the way to the building of the new Comp Center at Sugarloaf.
In more than 33 years coaching skiing at Maranacook high School, Steve DeAngelis has compiled one of the most impressive records in high school sports anywhere in Maine. His teams have own 11 conference titles and 28 state titles while he was attracting over 10 % of the student body every year to his teams, thus creating hundreds of skiers over his career.
An All-American Nordic skier out of Bates College, David Chamberlain joined the Professional cross country ski tour as a member of the Subaru and Fischer Ski team. During his professional career he represented the United States at three World Championships and won the Overall Tour Championship twice. He was a skiing guide for United States blind skiers at the 2014 Winter Paralympics.
At Dartmouth Dick Taylor captained the ski team in 1959 and in 1960 won the National XC 30 K Championship. In the Army he trained for Biathlon placing 11th in the World Biathlon Championships and 6th in World Cup in 1961. He went on to captain the U.S. Olympic Nordic Team in the 1964 Olympics, skiing in the 15, 30 and 50 K events. Following a stint coaching the U.S. Team Dick returned to Maine to teach and coach at Gould Academy where he passed on his skills to a generation of young Nordic skiers.
Most skiers make their mark in the sport in their early years but taking a pair of trains to school made it impossible for Ralph Ostlund to go out for his high school team in New Sweden. While he skied about the time he learned to walk he got away from the sport. In 1973 at the age of fifty he quit smoking and returned to skiing and running. He skied XC races of all lengths and piled up the medals, but most important he passed along his love for the sport organizing races in small towns and worked at school carnivals, local races and other events in the County. He made his mark inspiring younger racers even as he beat them on the course, increasing his schedule of races after he retired at 65.