Harold Grinden (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1958
Born: 09/30/1903, Duluth, MN
Died: 03/10/1966, Duluth, MN
A ski jumper in his youth, Harold Grinden devoted most of his life to serving on many of the volunteer committees that oversaw the growth and development of skiing in the United States for over fifty years. He was a six term president and chairman of the Duluth Ski Club and served another six terms as president of the Central U.S. Ski Association. He was also president, secretary and treasurer of the CUSSA ski officials committee and is credited with creating the "flash card" system used in open scoring at ski jumping competitions. He served on the American national Olympic Games ski commiittees of 1932 and 1936 and was an early member of the national ski patrol. He was a two term president of the National Ski Association.
Appointed historian of the National Ski Association in 1935 he proposed, in 1941, that a national ski museum be established. His proposal was fulfilled with the opening of the National Ski Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, MI in 1954. That same year he received the prestigious Julius Blegen Award for volunteer service to skiing.