Year Inducted: 1978
Born: April 27,1939 Franconia, NH
Joan Hannah brought back one of two bronze medals won by Americans at Chamonix in 1962. Her performance there helped to establish the new U.S. alpine image in international skiing. She was raised in Franconia, New Hampshire and literally was born into a skiing family. Her father, Sel Hannah, was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1968.
Joan credits her father as the individual who instilled in her both the fierce competitive spirit and technical skills that helped her compile one of the most distinctively successful careers in American women’s alpine racing.
In addition to competing in the 1962 FIS, she was also a member of the 1960 and ’64 U.S. Winter Olympic Teams, and again a member of the American FIS team in 1966. In 1959 she won a downhill race at Stowe, Vermont with a field of international racers. She also won 6 national giant slalom titles. In 1966 she won the Canadian giant slalom and combined titles.