Emile Allais (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1999
Born:February 25, 1912, Megeve, France
Died: October 17, 2012, Sallanches, France
Emile Allais was a true renaissance man and was inducted for his achievements as an athlete, developer of ski technique, coach and contributor to the ski industry. A bronze medal winner at the 1936 Olympic Games he won two gold medals at the first FIS World Championships in 1937, a record that stood for 30 years.
Under the influence of Anton Seelos he developed a true parallel ski technique and published his "Ski Francais" to illustrate his methods. He coached the Canadian national ski team in1948 and the American ski team in 1952 successfully taking it from nowhere to a 5th in the Downhill and 6th in the Giant Slalom. He worked with Rossignol, to produce the first non-wood racing ski and significantly influenced the design of ski resorts.