Hall of Fame Nominee
Long before the heroics of Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins, cross country skier Alison Owen from Wenatchee, Wash. pioneered the way as a dominant athlete during the late 1970s – including becoming the first American (man or woman) to win a FIS Cross Country World Cup. Her December, 1978 World Cup win at Telemark, Wis. put her on top of the international stage. She finished seventh in the FIS World Cup standings that year, a U.S. women’s mark that stood for 33 years. A year later, she finished second at the prestigious Holmenkollen 10k in Oslo. The eight-time U.S. champion retired in 1981, moving into coaching in Sun Valley.
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