Welcome the Class of 2011 (Hall of Fame)
Olympic nordic skier Kikkan Randall and high school basketball coach Chuck White headline the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011, which was announced today.
Joining the two individuals in the class are Mount Marathon, to be inducted as an event, and Scott Gomez bringing the Stanley Cup home to Anchorage in 2000, to be inducted as a moment.
At 27, Kikkan Randall is already one of the most recognized nordic skiers on the planet by virtue of her unprecedented success for an American woman on the international level.
A three-time Olympian, the Anchorage native has bagged 15 U.S. Cross Country national titles.
She made history in 2009 when she won a silver medal at the World Championships to become the first U.S. woman to ever medal at that event.
In 2007 she captured a bronze medal in Russia, the best ever World Cup result by an American woman. And in 2006 she had the highest Olympic finish for an U.S. woman with a ninth-place finish.
At East High, Randall won a combined 10 state titles in cross country and track and field.
The most legendary coaching figure in the history of Alaska, Chuck White won 921 high school boys basketball games and 18 state championships stretched over 45 seasons.
He produced household names like Trajan Langdon, Muff Butler, Andre Laws and Ramon Harris.
In March, at age 68, White left Alaska for the college ranks at Adams State, an NCAA Division II school in Colorado, where he reunited for his former East High player and assistant Louis Wilson.
One of the oldest known footraces in all of American, the Mount Marathon in Seward is a grueling, 3,022-foot torture test that dates back to 1915.
Started by a bar bet, the race has developed into a summer signature event in The Last Frontier with the town swelling from a few thousand people to nearly 40,000 overnight.
The best men finish in 45 minutes, the top women in under an hour.
In the summer of 2000, Alaska hockey fans will never forget the day Anchorage’s Scott Gomez brought home the Stanley Cup. Arguably the most recognizable trophies in all of sports, Gomez shared his prized possession with the entire state after he won it with the New Jersey Devils.
Every player from the winning team is allowed one day with the Stanley Cup and Gomez decided to tour it around the city for all to see, starting with a ceremony on the Delaney Park Strip in which he arrived carrying the trophy riding a dog sled. “This is for you,” he told the fans. Gomez vowed to return with the Cup again and delivered that promise in 2003.
The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame will hold an induction ceremony in February, 2011 at the ConocoPhillips atrium in Anchorage. The event will be free and open to the public. The date and time will be announced at a later time.
ConocoPhillips is a major sponsor of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.