Year Inducted: 1969
Born: November 8, 1940, Lewiston, ME
John Bower was an outstanding competitor in Nordic combined skiing. He made American ski history in 1968 by winning the coveted King's Cup in Nordic combined at the 70th Holmenkollen festival in Oslo, Norway. He was a member of two Olympic teams (1964 and 1968) and was the U.S. National Champion in 1967 and 1968. He was the coach for the national Nordic team and served as Nordic director for the U.S. Ski Team from 1975 to 1980 and later the Nordic program director from 1988 to 1990. He was the Nordic team leader for the U.S. Olympic Team in 1976, 1980 and 1992.
Among his records and achievements is his having won all four events at the Maine State Interscholastic Championships in 1959, the only person to ever do this.
He was head coach of skiing at Middlebury College from 1968 to 1975 and the director of athletics at Principia College from 1980 to 1988. He was the operations and ski jumps director at Utah Winter Sports Park from 1990 to 1999 involved with the preparation of the venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.