Thor B. Groswold
Year Inducted: 2004
Born: December 7,1928 Denver, CO
Thor B. Groswold began his serious competitive career skiing for Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, in 1947. For four years, he was among the region’s leading four-event competitors. After graduating, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a survival instructor, then entered the University of Colorado, School of Engineering and graduated in 1957 as a mechanical engineer.
He first reached the national stage as a USSA jumping judge in 1967 and judged for many years. He was named to the USSA Jumping Committee; the Junior Nordic Committee; the USSA Ski Jump Engineering Committee; and the Jumping Judges’ Committee. He was a member of the board of directors for the Rocky Mountain Ski Association from 1972-’75, fostering the organization from its early days on. He oversaw the Winter Park Ski Jumping Program from 1967-’85, teaching youngsters the sport of ski jumping in a program that provided free instruction and coaching. That program produced national, World Cup and Olympic team Nordic specialists. In addition, Thor inspired Nordic competitors to become coaches and national officials.
He was instrumental in the development and operation of the Colorado Ski Museum and Hall of Fame. Starting in 1981, he was heavily involved in museum projects and exhibit design for the next two decades, along with being instrumental in the Colorado Hall of Fame selection process.