Year Inducted: 2014
Ralph Miller won three interscholastic titles in 1957. He won four North American titles: 1953-downhill, 1955-downhill, slalom, and combined. He also won four U.S. National titles: 1953 downhill, combined; 1955, slalom and giant slalom. He participated in the World Championships in Are, Sweden, 1954, and the 1956 Olympics at Cortina, Italy. Sports Illustrated featured him on their magazine cover, February 6, 1956.
In high school and college, Miller had the unusual talent of competing, and winning, four-event competitions. He excelled in downhill, slalom, jumping, and cross-country. He won the title "Skimeister" in 1951. In 1957 he won the title at the NCAA Championships.
In the 1956 Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbuhel, Austria, Miller tied for 4th. At several races, he beat Olympians Stein Eriksen and Othmar Schneider. In that same year he was awarded the "White Stag" trophy, presented by the U.S. Ski Association. During the northern-summer of 1952 Miller won the Chilean National Slalom Title. He placed in the top three or won these events; Roch Cup, Harriman Cup, the Silver Belt Trophy, American-International Championships, and the Inferno Race.
During the summer of 1955, Miller trained on the mountains of Portillo, Chile. While there he established a speed record of 109 mph. That unofficial speed record held for 15 years – 1955 to 1970.
Career Awards & Highlights:
•1949 & 1951 – 1st Four Event Individual Championship, Eastern Interscholastic Championships
•1951 – 1st Eastern Junior Four Event Championships
•1951 – 1st Chilean Nationals
•1952 – USEASA Championships: won Webber Challenge Cup, Sandler Trophy and Sherburne Trophy
•1952 – 3rd Inferno Race
•1952 – 1st Chilean National Slalom Championships
•1953 – 1st North American title beating Othmar Schneider and Stein Eriksen
•1953 – 1st National DH title winner and Roch Cup Combined winner, US National combined titlist
•1954 – Sestriere ITA race – podium finish
•1955 – top American at the American International Downhill and Slalom Championships
•1955 – sets unofficial world speed record of 109.75 mph which stood for 15 years