Jack Benedick's life flashed before his eyes during a 1969 land-mine explosion that claimed his legs. A soldier on his second tour of duty in Vietnam, he tried to imagine what things his future would hold. Being inducted into the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame 41 years later was not one of them.
As the Ski Hall's induction notes put it, "As a soldier, skier, athlete, pioneer and leader, Jack Benedick made a difference. As a Paralympic medalist, he showed his athletic ability. And his nearly three decades of fighting on behalf of adaptive athletes showed the world their truly remarkable athletic abilities."
Benedick takes the stage tonight at Beaver Creek's Gerald R. Ford Hall as one of eight 2010 Hall of Fame inductees, including two other Coloradans: Paralympic skier Sarah Will and ski jumper Ansten Samuelstuen. Tickets are $250 per person or $450 per couple, and benefit the Ski Hall of Fame and the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum. For more info, visit www.SkiHall.com.
Fri., April 9, 2010