Hall of Fame Nominee
Howard Peterson was one of the most impactful individuals in competitive snowsport. An influential leader with the U.S. Ski Association (USSA), he played a pivotal role in evolving competitive skiing and snowboarding, and was the catalyst in the establishment of the legacy principle that led to Salt Lake City’s selection as the 1998 and 2002 U.S. Olympic candidate.
Peterson was a founder of the National Ski Touring Association before moving to USSA. He advocated for integration of adaptive skiing, freestyle and snowboard, and pioneered cash prizes for athletes. His greatest achievement was innovating an approach to legacy for Olympic venues – which continues to serve athletes a quarter century later in Utah and Lake Placid. Peterson was also a vanguard of ethics in sport, boldly tackling the issue with USOC and FIS. He also established the Soldier Hollow Legacy Foundation to preserve legacy at the 2002 Olympic venue.
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