Paul Wegeman - Athlete - 1998
Born in Denver in 1927, Paul first strapped on skis at the age of three at Genesee, under the tutelage of his father, Al. Growing up in Steamboat Springs, he began jumping when he was thirteen at Homewood Park and began competing at an early age. During his years in junior high school (1939-1946), Paul assisted his dad with ski rental and repair and ski instructions. From 1941-44, he was a member of the National Ski Patrol at Berthoud Pass and Winter Park.When World War II arrived, he wanted to serve his country and tried to enlist when he was 17, but a broken leg suffered on a ski jump at Steamboat Springs eliminated him from service at that time. Later, he did serve.He skied for Western State College and the University of Denver, under the leadership of former inductee, Willy Schaeffler, winning divisional and national intercollegiate championships.In 1951, he brought to Colorado (and the West) for the first time, the coveted Skimeister Trophy from the Dartmouth Winter Carnival by winning the four-way title. He was the four-way Intercollegiate Champion in 1951, 1953, 1954, and 1955; second in Nordic Combined in 1949, 1950 and 1951; fifth in National Nordic Combined in 1950, and won the Lindley and Mayor Newton Trophies.Paul competed on the 1950 World Nordic Championship and 1952 Olympics teams. His late brother, Keith, also a jumper, was inducted in the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1989, and his father Al, in 1977.Paul worked as a full-time instructor at Vail/Broadmoor Ski Area in Colorado Springs, where he showed genuine interest in his students and their success. This enthusiasm was imparted to the staff, who also enjoyed his stories of the history of skiing. He spent more time with his students than any other instructor, out of love for the sport. He remains a role model for young and old alike through his attitude, character, and competitive ability.Paul has made a huge contribution towards putting Steamboat Springs on the map as a large part of Colorado Ski Country, USA and has added to the fact that Steamboat has produced more Olympic athletes than any other community in Colorado.As of 2008, Paul lived in Colorado Springs with his wife, continuing to ski, hike, and ride his mountain bike. He volunteered at Mark Twain Elementary School, and remained a real estate investor and property manager. Just to round out his field of interests, Paul sang for schools, weddings, churches and special gatherings, while his wife accompanied him on the piano. Deceased May 30, 2015.