Year Inducted: 1981
Born: February 27, 1921 Solleftea, SWE
Sven Wiik has been recognized as a leader in America for cross country skiing and ski touring. After immigrating in 1949 he became a successful high school coach and a teacher of high school and college level coaches. He made an impact as a writer and promoter of skiing and through extensive volunteer committee work.
He coached at Western State College for 19 years where 12 of his skiers qualified for FIS and Olympic competition. He also coached the U.S. FIS team in 1958, and the Olympic team in 1960. He worked on USSA and NCAA committees and in 1974 received the Blegen Award. He was a Chief Steward for the Olympic Games in Lake Placid in 1980.
The owner of the Scandanavian Lodge in Steamboat Springs, he has been a strong proponent of ski touring.