Roy Mikkelsen

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Roy Mikkelsen (1907 – 1967) was an American skier who was born in Kongsberg, Norway and emigrated to the United States. in 1924, settling in Chicago, where he joined the Norge Ski Club. Mikkelsen was US Champion in ski jumping in 1933 and 1935, but was also a strong skier in the new discipline of alpine, competing in that sport from 1933-42. He eventually settled in Auburn, California where he was elected mayor in 1952 and competed there for the Auburn Ski Club. Active in civic affairs, Mikkelsen worked with the Bid Committee that brought the 1960 Winter Olympics to Squaw Valley. He competed in ski jumping at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, and at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The flying Norwegian finished out of the medals in both 1932 at Lake Placid, N.Y. and at the 1936 games in Germany. But he was thought of so highly by the team in 1936 that he was named its captain. Mikkelsen was poised to participate in a third Olympics in 1940 but the event was cancelled because of the outbreak of World War II. During the war, he would put his ski and snow experience to good use as a member of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, fighting from Normandy to Norway with the 99th Norwegian Battalion under General George Patton. Mikkelsen was elected to the US Ski Hall of Fame in 1964. .[1] He served on the Auburn City Council, including two years as mayor in 1952 and 1953. And 24 years after his last Olympic Games as a skier, Mikkelsen was the center of attention again when he lit a torch in Auburn’s Central Square to mark the coming of the Olympics to Placer County – up the newly paved Interstate 80 at Squaw Valley. Mikkelsen died in 1967 at 60, three years after being elected to the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame. He was instrumental in the Auburn Ski Club purchase and development of Boreal Ridge in California. In Auburn, Mikkelsen Drive was named after one of the city’s most illustrious sportsmen. And at Boreal ski resort, a statue of Mikkelsen has been erected outside the Western Ski Sport Museum.

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  1. ^ "Roy Mikkelsen". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 

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