Year Inducted: 2011
Born:October 4, 1978--Eugene, Oregon
There is no more pressure packed moment in a sport than being at the Olympic Games in your hometown. Your teammate and defending Olympic champion is ahead of you on points. You need the jump of a lifetime, with the expectations of every single hometown fan hanging on the most important jump of your career. And he nailed it! Olympic silver for Joe Pack.
Joe Pack's storybook Olympics in 2002 was just one piece of a star-studded career as one of America's greatest freestyle aerials skiers. In his career, Pack stood on 16 World Cup podiums, winning three. And he was a proven contender at major events, taking two World Championship medals plus his Olympic silver.
Pack's career began as a ski jumper in New Hampshire before turning to aerials at age 12. As a ski jumper, he had soared off the 90 meter hill in Lake Placid before the family moved west to Park City, Utah. There he focused on aerials at the newly-developed Utah Olympic Park, and its summer splash pool training center.
His career as a young aerialist accelerated as he won a Junior World Championship title in 1996 at the age of just 17. Two seasons later, though, tragedy struck when an early season knee injury kept him out of what would have been his first Olympics. A year later he took bronze at World Championships and won his first U.S. title. Over the next few years he became one of the most dominant athletes in his sport, partnering with 1998 Olympic champion Eric Bergoust in providing a solid one-two punch for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.
In front of his hometown fans and family at Deer Valley Resort in 2002, Pack positioned himself well and nailed both jumps to take home silver at the Olympic Winter Games. He retired in 2006.