Robert McLean  (deceased)

Year Inducted: 1959

Born:  December 23, 1917.  Lander, WY

Died: July 19, 2005.  Wheatbridge, CO

Robert L. "Barney" McLean was introduced to skiing at the age of four and by the age of 18 was the National Ski Jumping Class B Champion.  When a broken leg prevented him from competing at the 1936 Olympic Games he switched over to alpine skiing and won his first race in1937.  In 1942 he had a spectacular season winning the three way combined title for the Jeffers Cup at Sun Valley and the eastern downhill and giant slalom titles.  Before the year was over he claimed three national amateur championships and was declared Skier of the Year by Ski Illustrated Magazine.  Included in his wins that year was the Alta Cup which he reclaimed in 1945 following his return from service during World War Two.

In 1946 he won the national amateur and open combined titles and in 1947 won the slalom event at the Harriman Cup.  He was named captain of the Olympic Ski Team in 1948, where he medaled for his combined results.  He coached the 1950 FIS team.

In the years that followed he was a shop foreman for the Groswold Ski Company and then was a ski industry representative.  He has been named to the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame.  

 


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