Year Inducted: 2011
Born: June 22, 1950--Manchester, New Hampshire
The 1970's were a pivotal period for skiing in America. The sport was growing and ski racing was center stage with a host of rising stars. Foremost among them was Tyler Palmer, a dominant racer on the newly formed FIS World Cup circuit and the first American to crack the top three in slalom in the season-long international series. Throughout the 1970's, Tyler Palmer was a star both on the World Cup and the newly-formed World Pro Ski Tour.
As a junior ski racer, Tyler was very hard to beat. He was always on the podium, winning race after race, except when he was beaten by his younger brother Terry. Tyler won the Junior Nationals in 1969 and moved on to the U.S. Ski Team. He skied in the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo, finishing 9th in the slalom. He also won 3 World Cup slalom races and in 1972 became the first American to finish in the top three in the World Cup slalom standings.
After leaving the U.S. Ski Team, Tyler became a star performer on Bob Beattie's World Pro circuit. He joined Jean Claude Killy on the Rossignol Pro team. Tyler was the top American on the growing tour, winning five races and becoming one of the few skiers who could be competitive and beat Jean Claude Killy.
After retiring from racing, Tyler continued to be involved with skiing. He was National Masters Champion several times. Tyler coached junior skiers for many years both in the Northeast and just recently retiring after many years in the Sun Valley Ski Team Program.
Ski racing has been Tyler Palmer's life. As an athlete, he was foremost in his sport over the course of a decade. As a coach, he gave back so that hundreds of young racers could experience the same joy and sense of accomplishment he felt as one of American's greatest ski racers.