A legacy of success: Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's 100-year timeline

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1914: Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club founded, first Winter Carnival, Nordic jumping and cross-country programs debut, first jump built at Howelsen

1915: First Winter Carnival street events

1916: First club in Rocky Mountains to join National Ski Association, hosts first National Jumping Championships

A legacy of success: Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is about a lot more than just producing Olympic-caliber athletes that bring home medals. It’s the story of the more than 20,000 members who have put on the club’s jacket and represented our town around the world for the past 100 years.

1917: First Alpine slope opens at Howelsen Hill, Henry Hall breaks 200-foot jumping distance

1931: Alpine racing program introduced

1932: John Steele, first Winter Sports Club Olympian, competes at Lake Placid

1935: Debut of high school marching band on skis

1936: First Lighted Man

1937: Night skiing introduced at Howelsen Hill

1938: First ski lift installed

1939: First night show at Winter Carnival

1944: Dryland training introduced, Al Wegeman becomes first full-time paid ski coach, skiing accredited as part of public schools

1948: Hosts first Junior Nationals, one Olympian competes in St. Moritz

1951: First Ski Swap

1952: Six Olympians compete in Oslo

1956: Six Olympians compete in Cortina

1957: Little Toots program begins, Bud Werner wins Hahnenkamm at Kitzbuhl

1958: First Torchlight Parade

1960: Five Olympians compete in Squaw Valley

1964: Four Olympians compete in Innsbruck

1968: Three Olympians compete in Grenoble, including Jim “Moose” Barrows, whose crash gets documented by ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” as “The Agony of Defeat”

1969: Barrows wins North American Downhill Championships

1972: Howelsen ski jumps burned to the ground in protest of Denver’s bid to host 1976 Olympics, one Olympian competes in Sapporo

1973: First Soda Pop Slalom

1974: First Wednesday night jump and Town Challenge race

1976: One Olympian competes in Innsbruck

1977: Walt Evans hired as first executive director

1978: Freestyle program introduced

1980: Three Olympians compete in Lake Placid

1988: Seven Olympians compete in Calgary

1991: Howelsen Hill opens first cross-country trails

1992: 10 Olympians compete in Albertville, Nelson Carmichael wins bronze in moguls, Olympian Hall built

1994: First World Cup Nordic combined held at Howelsen

1995: Snowboard program introduced

1998: 15 Olympians compete in Nagano, Shannon Dunn wins bronze in snowboarding

1999: First half-pipe installed, David DeHaven Strength Training Center opens

2000: Howler Alpine Slide opens, freeskier program launched, athlete travel program established

2001: Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Foundation established

2002: First Olympian send-off celebration held for 15 athletes competing in Park City, Travis Mayer wins silver in moguls

2003: Water ramp complex built at Bald Eagle Lake

2004: Telemark and cycling programs begin, winter enrollment exceeds 1,000 athletes, paid coach and staff exceed 100, STAMP (strength, talent, athleticism, motivation and perseverance) slogan adopted, in memory of Ashley Stamp (1991-2004)

2005: Hosts Disabled World Cup

2006: 20 Olympians compete in Torino, plastic installed for summer jumping

2007: Tubing operations debut to help fund programs

2010: 17 Olympians compete in Vancouver bringing home seven medals, Johnny Spillane wins first U.S. Nordic combined Olympic medal (silver), club hosts first Telemark World Cup

2012: Centennial Campaign raises funds to install plastic on second jump

2013: Club celebrates 100th Winter Carnival and seven World Championship podiums, including gold by Arielle Gold; freeskier, snowboard programs receive airbag donation; on-snow training opens on earliest date in history (Nov. 12)

2014: Winter Sports Club celebrates 100 years of providing area youths educational and athletic opportunities to reach their personal best in all aspects of life

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