Tage Pedersen - Athlete - 2004

Born in Thisted, Denmark in the spring of 1926,Tage Pedersen immigrated to the United States in 1956. Since his brother was in Aspen, Tage followed him there and settled in Aspen where he was drawn to the mountains and skiing. Tage became Assistant Director and later Director of the Aspen Institute Health and Fitness Center, a position he held from 1956 to 1983. While he was with the Aspen Institute, he began working with skiers on fitness issues specifically related to ski performance. In 1967 he began formal training of the U. S. Ski Team and was named trainer of the 1968 U.S. Olympic Ski Team. He continued as trainer of the alpine teams. He was the team’s trainer for four Olympics and five World Championships until 1980. After this he started work as trainer for the U.S. Nordic Team until 1985. One of Tage’s greatest achievements was at the World Championships in Val Gardena in 1970 when he was able to help Billy Kidd overcome a back injury and go on to win the Combined Championship. Tage has written over 30 articles on physical fitness, ski conditioning and rehabilitation, published in Ski Magazine and Physician and Sport Medicine. He is the author of the books, Getting in Shape to Ski and Physical Conditioning, a Handbook for the U.S. Ski Team. Thanks to Tage, countless skiers in Colorado are back on the slopes after benefiting from his rehabilitation techniques. As of 2008, Tage is retired and living in Ashland, Oregon where his daughter, Karin, lives.