Olav Pedersen (deceased)
Year Inducted: 2000
Born: February 17, 1917 Voss, NOR
Olav Pedersen's great contribution to skiing in the United States was his founding of Ski for Light, a skiing instructional program for the visually impaired.
In his homeland of Norway he had been a ski jumper winning trophies from the age of 12. He was a member of the Norwegian Resistence during World War Two. In 1955 he was the chairman of the Norwegian Nordic Ski Championships.
After immigrating to America he became a ski instructor at Breckenridge and taught skiing there from 1963 to 1987. When he retired from alpine instruction he started teaching cross country skiing. He won the NASTAR championship in his age group at the age of 70. In 1975 he started the Ski For Light Program.