Gordon Wren (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1958
Born: January 5,1919, Steamboat Springs, CO
Died: 2000, Steamboat Springs, CO
Gordon Wren was an outstanding four event skier qualifying to compete at the 1948 Olympics in alpine, cross country, ski jumping and nordic combined. He decided to concentrate on ski jumping and placed 5th in the special jumping event. He was the national nordic combined champion in 1950. He is reputed to be the first American ski jumper to clear over 300 feet which he did at Steamboat Springs in 1950.
He was a moving force in developing junior ski programs throughout Colorado and from 1950 to 1954 was the instructor for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. In 1955 he went to Reno NV and there was in charge of the world's largest ski training program with 1,400 youngsters. He received the Halstead Trophy for service to Colorado skiing in 1949 and the USSA's Russell Wilder Trophy in 1959 for developing youth interest in skiing.