W. Michael Elliott - Athlete - 1993
Mike is a native of Durango, Colorado, and a fourth-generation Coloradoan. He started skiing when he was six years old and went on to compete in cross-country skiing. A protégé of Adolph Kuss, who is a Colorado Ski Hall of Famer, Mike was introduced to skiing and coached by Kuss in Durango's Junior Program at Fort Lewis College and on the National Ski Teams.He became the Junior Rocky Mountain Division Cross-Country Champion in 1958, and from there went on to win Junior National Championships, NCAA Cross-Country Championships (twice), represented the US on FIS Ski Teams (three times), represented the US on Olympic Ski Teams (three times), served on President Ford's Commission on Olympic Sports, served on the Executive Committee of the USOC, and won ten National Master's Cross-Country Championships.Mike’s competitive career was interrupted twice as a junior when he severely broke his leg two years in a row while alpine skiing, on the same date. He also had his competitive career interrupted for three years with a tour of duty as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army, which included a year in Vietnam, from 1968 to 1969.After honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Mike attended graduate school at Colorado State University. He continued skiing and competing on the United States Olympic Cross-Country Ski Team. In 1973 he began work at Purgatory Ski Resort, where he is currently employed. Mike has held numerous positions at Purgatory-Durango Ski Resort during the past twenty years, including many in management and operations. Presently, he is Director of Skier Services.