Marc Hodler (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1981
Born: Oct. 26, 1918 Bern, SUI
Died: Oct. 18, 2006 Bern, SUI
Marc Hodler served as the head of skiing world wide for nearly 50 years as the President of the FIS. He was a talented skier and the first city-dwelling and university under-graduate selected for the Swiss national alpine team. A serious accident while training for the world championships in 1938 put an end to his career as a competitor.
However, he continued to be active in ski sport turning his attention to technical and administrative duties. Heavily involved with the Swiss alpine ski team, it wasn’t long before his talents were sought after by the International Ski Federation. He served as FIS president from 1951 to 1998, and was a key member of the International Olympic Committee from 1963 to 1997.
In the latter part of his career he was at the center for exposing wide-spread bribery practices involving the IOC bidding process for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and previous Olympic bids. The resulting scandal led to the dismissal of 10 members of the IOC and reform of the bid process.