Sir Arnold Lunn (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1968
Born: April 18, 1888, India
Died: June 21, 1974, London, UK
Sir Arnold Lunn remains a legend in the history of alpine skiing throughout the world. As a child he first skied in Chamonix in 1898. Ten years later he founded the Alpine Ski Club and on January 7, 1911 started what became the premier alpine ski race, the Roberts of Kandahar Challenge Cup.
He set the first slalom course in 1922 and then founded the Kandahar Ski Club in Murren, Switzerland in 1924. He and Hans Schneider organized the first Arlberg-Kandahar ski race on March 3 and 4, 1928. In 1931 he organized the first World Championship in alpine skiing. He saw his beloved slalom and downhill events become part of the Olympics in 1936.
He helped support the US women's Olympic Ski team when it was in its infancy He was a prolific writer of ski books and was also a mountain climber of distinction.