Alaska Sports Hall of Fame

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Established 2006
Location Anchorage, AK
Coordinates 61°10′26″N 149°59′46″W / 61.174°N 149.996°W / 61.174; -149.996
Type Hall of fame
Director Harlow Robinson
Website www.alaskasportshall.org/index.html

The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame honors Alaskan athletes, coaches, contributors, recurring events, and historic moments that have significantly impacted the sporting landscape of Alaska. The Hall was established in 2006 and the first class was inducted in 2007, with new inductees announced in December and added in February. The museum is currently on display at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

History and organization[edit]

The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame inducted its first class of five people, two moments, and one event in 2007, a group including dog mushers Susan Butcher and George Attla, Olympic medalists Tommy Moe and Kristen Thorsness, and National Hockey League Calder Trophy winner Scott Gomez.

New members, events, and moments are nominated and voted upon by the public each fall, with the results determining which nominees reach the selection panel ballot. The inductees are chosen by a voting panel of 8 members of the media and longtime Alaskan sport contributors with the public voting results equivalent to one member of the panel. The inductees are honored with a ceremony each February in the ConocoPhillips Building atrium.[1] Plaques for each inductee are displayed on level 0 of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.[2]

Inductees[edit]

The 2012 nominees for induction will be determined by a public vote in Fall 2011.[3]

The current members, events, and moments of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame are listed below.[4]

Hall of Fame Member Sport Induction Year
George Attla Dog Mushing 2007
Carlos Boozer Basketball 2008
H.A. “Red” Boucher Baseball 2009
Susan Butcher Dog Mushing 2007
Rosey Fletcher Snowboarding 2010
Scott Gomez Ice Hockey 2007
Reggie Joule World Eskimo Indian Olympics 2010
Nina Kemppel Nordic Skiing 2009
Trajan Langdon Basketball 2008
Wally Leask Basketball 2009
Hilary Lindh Alpine Skiing 2009
Lance Mackey Dog Mushing 2010
Tommy Moe Alpine Skiing 2007
Kikkan Randall Nordic Skiing 2011
Joe Redington Sr. Dog Mushing 2008
Mark Schlereth Football 2008
Rick Swenson Dog Mushing 2008
Kristen Thorsness Rowing 2007
Norman Vaughan Explorer 2009
Bradford Washburn Mountain Climber, Explorer 2010
Chuck White Basketball 2011
Hall of Fame Event Description Induction Year
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Annual dog mushing race covering 1,161 miles (1,868 km) from Willow, AK to Nome, AK. 2007
Great Alaska Shootout Collegiate basketball tournament hosted annually by the University of Alaska Anchorage. 2008
World Eskimo Indian Olympics Annual event featuring traditional Eskimo and Indian games based on ancestral hunting and survival techniques. 2009
Midnight Sun Baseball Classic Annual baseball game played in Fairbanks, AK on the night of the summer solstice using no artificial lighting. 2010
Mount Marathon Annual footrace in Seward, AK dating back to 1915. 2011
Hall of Fame Moment Description Induction Year
First Ascent of Mount McKinley Walter Harper, Hudson Stuck, Harry Karstens and Robert Tatum became the first to reach the highest peak in North America on June 7, 1913. 2007
1985 Iditarod Victory by Libby Riddles Riddles recorded the first victory by a woman in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. 2007
Tommy Moe's 1994 Olympic Gold Medal in the Downhill Moe's surprise victory led to the cover of Sports Illustrated and guest appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. 2008
First Winter Ascent of Mt. McKinley in 1967 Art Davidson, Ray Genet and Dave Johnston, over a 42-day period, reached the peak of Mt. McKinley in the winter of 1967. 2009
Doug Herron's Track Performance in 1985 Herron, an Anchorage high school student, shattered the Alaska State High School 800-meter run record with a 1985 national best time of 1 minute, 49.2 seconds. 2009
Iditarod Photo Finish in 1978 Dick Mackey defeated Rick Swenson by one second in a sprint finish at the end of the 1978 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. 2010
Elliot Sampson's Upset Victory in 1981 Sampson, an Eskimo high school student from Noorvik, AK, claimed the 1981 Alaska State High School Cross Country Running championship. 2010
Scott Gomez Brings the Stanley Cup to Alaska. Ice hockey player Scott Gomez brought the Stanley Cup to Anchorage, AK in the Summer of 2000 after winning the National Hockey League championship with the New Jersey Devils. 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ "February 2010 Media Release". Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Airport Gallery". Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Public Voting Will Begin this Fall 2011". Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ "October 11, 2010 Press Release". Retrieved October 12, 2010.