Michael Devecka - Athlete - 1999
Mike is a four-time Olympian and the only US skier to ever win national championships in all three nordic disciplines-jumping, cross-country, and nordic combined. As a member of the Fort Lewis College ski team, Mike distinguished himself as a NCAA All American in 1968 and 1969. He was also a member of the US Ski Team and the US Olympic Ski Team during his college career.Mike's ski career continued to be highlighted beyond his college years. He was a member of the FIS World Championship team in 1970, 1972 and 1974. He was a 4 time US Olympic team member in 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1980. Mike was a National champion in nordic combined in 1972, 1975, and again in 1980. Further honors were 1974 National champion in 30km cross-country, and 1978 National champion in 90 meter jumping.His individual skills and successes in the sport of skiing led to an easy transition from competitor to coaching. From 1980 - 1984 he coached the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Several nationally ranked Junior Nordic skiers were developed from his program. In 1985 - 86 he went on to coach the Nordic Ski Team.In 1990 - 91 as head coach, Mike helped to achieve a NCAA Championship victory for the Colorado University ski team. In 1993 Mike's career culminated when he was hired as assistant coach for nordic skiing at University of Denver.