Barney McLean - Athlete - 1978

Barney McLean was born in 1917 and grew up in the small mountain town of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado. He strapped on his first pair of homemade skis at the age of four. From these humble beginnings, Barney went on to become one of the country’s most celebrated ski racers. By 1950 he had won every major ski race in North America, including 9 national championships — in ski jumping, as well as downhill, slalom, and alpine combined events. He was named to 3 U.S. Olympic teams, serving as captain for the 1948 games. Ski Illustrated Magazine named him Skier of the Year in 1942, the National Ski Association awarded him its All American Ski Trophy in 1947, and in 1952 Ski Magazine called him “America’s best known skier.” He was elected to the National Ski Hall of Fame, the International Legends of Skiing Hall of Fame, the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame, and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Sports Illustrated Magazine honored him as one of Colorado’s 50 greatest athletes of the 20th century.  (deceased)