Juneau has shown it likes to vote in sports-related polls, as Eaglecrest keeps slaloming along the Facebook Fantasy Ski Chalet contest (Yay!). However, we are letting our Alaska knowledge fall by the wayside in another contest.
The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame has its annual lists of people, places and things that are being considered for entry into that prestigious institution.
And this list is pretty awesome! Mostly because Juneau people are on it!
It doesn’t get more awesome than that.
I can’t tell you how to vote.
Okay, I could. This is MY column.
I get to say what I want until my editor proofs, rewrites and omits.
Geoff Roes! C’mon man! Unless Sen. Lisa Murkowski is spearheading another write in attack, this dude has to be a front-runner. Just go spend an hour running with him... and believe me, that is all you get as he disappears up ahead for another 100 or so miles. Yep, 100 miles. He likes those ultra marathon runs.
Hilary Lindh! C’mon man!
She is so good she is listed twice!
Lindh’s Olympic Silver Medal in 1992 and her World Championship in 1997 are up for the Moment Category.
You can vote for moments in the hall of fame, like the time your eyes first met hers, or that long walk on the tundra together.
You can also vote for events.
And guess what? If you like to run in, on or off the road (ahem, I will mention no names) in the annual Klondike Road Relay, then you may want to give it your blessing.
Or if you remember getting your chain stuck in places chains shouldn’t be rotated, than cast a ballot for the Kluane Bike Race.
Oh, oh! Speaking of Skagway, the Buckwheat Ski Classic is also ready, willing and able to be inducted.
And holy smokes! The Arctic Winter Games! Our youth are playing in them! I have played in them... of course that was a long time ago.
And Carlos Boozer winning the NCAA title with Duke in 2001 made the list. As did Kris Thorsness, Alaska’s first Olympic Medalist (1984). Also eligible is Ephriam Kalmakoff, the 14-year-old Mount Marathon champ (1928), and John Brown, the first player in Alaska to be on four-straight high school champion basketball teams (Ketchikan 1965-68).
Jeff King, Libby Riddles, John ‘Iron Man’ Johnson, Joe Floyd, Dolly Lefever, Chris Clark, Don Clary, Holly Brooks, Jeannie Hebert Truax, Janay DeLoach Soukup, Doug Keil, Marcie Trent ... okay, I’m just reading off names now, but if you go to the voting website there is a ton of great information on each selection.
If nothing I mentioned caught your fancy, then guess what? You can actually write in a person, moment or event... and no one can give you grief about the spelling!
So if you are spending time voting for Eaglecrest in that popularity contest, you have to at least check out the ASHOF website:
Seriously! I mean, Hilary Lindh grew up skiing at Eaglecrest. She has a scholarship named after her at Eaglecrest. Heck, she has a hill named after her at Eaglecrest. As a matter of fact, the only thing she hasn’t done at Eaglecrest is let me win a downhill past her.
(Even though she doesn’t know I am racing her, I still can’t catch up. I even tried to hitch onto Joe Tompkins, but all we got was dusted!).
That’s okay though.
I would still vote for her.
Oh, and Hilary? Did you notice I remembered just the one ‘L’ this time? Does that give me a 20-second head start when that award winning ski resort out North Douglas opens up?