Martha Rockwell

Year Inducted: 1986

Born:  April 26, 1944                Providence, RI

Martha Rockwell was a pioneer in the United States in women's cross country skiing.  She started to compete nationally in 1969 at what was then considered to be the advanced age of 24.  This did not prevent from being a member of the first USA women's cross country ski team to compete at the Olympics.  She also competed at the 1976 Winter Olympic Games.  In 1973 she won her first international race, a 7.5K event at Castelrotte, Italy.  She went on to win 5 of 6 races in Europe in 1975 and finished 10th overall in the World Cup.

Between 1969 and 1975 she won several national distance titles and 18 of 19 possible championships over that period.  Twice she was voted the USA's top Nordic competitor.  Following retirement from competition she coached Dartmouth's women's ski team.


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