Toni Matt (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1967
Born: 1919, St Anton, AUT
Died: May 17, 1989, Pawling, NY
Tony Matt was a skiing champion in his native Austria. He immigrated to the United States in 1938 to escape the Nazis and became an important part of the introduction of downhill skiing in America. He won the national downhill championship twice, in 1939 and in 1941. He served in the famous 10th Mountain Division and coached the U.S. ski team in the 1950's before becoming the superintendent at Quaker Hill, Lowell Thomas' estate, in 1955. He served as a skiing official at the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid.
Matt is best remembered for his incredible victory during the 1939 Inferno Race at Tuckerman's Ravine in New Hampshire. He skied the 8 mile run, including a head on assault on the famous headwall in a time of 6:29.4 setting a record that stood for decades.