Year Nominated: 2012
Year Inducted: 2012
Any discussion about the early years of “Hot Dog” freestyle skiing will probably include the iconic name Wayne Wong. Good looking and charismatic, Wong was a very marketable character. The looks, style and all the latest freestyle ski moves that propelled him into the limelight of the era. His signature tricks on the snow, great smile and personality made him a cultural icon of the early freestyle era.
After years of competition at a world class level, Wong remained on the ski scene. He is one of the few who were able to parlay his ski fame into a true ambassador for the sport of skiing. Being recognized at the international level, he continues to maximize the value of his storied career. Whether it is coaching Olympic hopefuls, or skiing with corporate executives, his purpose remains the same; to share what he loves.
On the snow, Wong is an absolute technician, not only in style and technique, but he truly understands equipment science and design. He is considered one of the best ski testers of our time. For him, it is always about his passion for skiing. The tools of his life are his skis and you can always find him spreading the joy of skiing through the tools of his trade.
Awards & Achievements:
-1972: Skiing Magazine Freestyle Skier of the Year
-1972-’76: member of the K2 and Salomon Freestyle Ski Teams
-1975: member of the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Interski Team
-1984-’87: 3X World Powder 8 Champion
-1999: recognized by Skiing magazine as one of the 25 Most Influential People; recognized by Ski magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People
-2000: voted by Ski Magazine as one of the Top 100 Skiers of All Time
-2006: named by Powder Magazine as one of the Top 48 Greatest Skiers of Our Time
-2009: inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame
-2011: recognized as a Pioneer of Freestyle Skiing by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame