Lindh named newest member of state HOF

Juneau native, Olympic silver medalist inducted Thursday in Anchorage

Posted: Friday, February 27, 2009

Juneau native and five-time U.S. Championships winner Hilary Lindh was inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Thursday evening at a ceremony in Anchorage's ConocoPhillips Atrium.

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Fran Durner / Anchorage Daily News
Fran Durner / Anchorage Daily News

Lindh won on five U.S. Championship titles in an 11-year span that ran from 1986-1997. The first of those championships came in 1986 at Copper Mountain, Colo., at the age of just 16.

Lindh finished her career in 1997 by winning the World Championships downhill and two U.S. championships in the downhill and another in the Super G. She then announced her retirement from competition on March 13, 1997.

Hilary's parents Barbara and Craig Lindh still reside in Juneau and joined her in Anchorage for Thursday's ceremonies.

Joining Lindh as the Class of 2009 individuals are H.A. "Red" Boucher, Alaska baseball pioneer; Nina Kemppel, four-time Olympian and mountain running legend; Wally Leask, WWII-era Southeast basketball legend; and Colonel Norman Vaughan, long-time polar explorer and adventurer, according to the ASHOF Web site.

The first ascent of Mount McKinley in 1967 and Doug Herron's national-best 1:49.2 in the 800 meters at the 1985 Alaska High School Track and Field Championships were inducted as this year's two moments. The World Eskimo Olympics were also inducted.

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