Steve Cook Inducted into Ski Hall of Fame

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:12am -- DonEggert

TUNA's head coach Seve Cook was inducted into the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame along with three other honorees on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.  Steve was selected by a 10-member committee from nominees that were submitted by the public.  The ceremony, reception and dinner were held at the Alf Engen Ski Museum, inside the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center at the Utah Olympic Park. 

After losing his lower right leg in a farming accident in 1988, Steve began bicycle racing and competed at the Atlanta 1996 Summer Games.  He then switched to Nordic skiing and became the cornerstone of the U.S. Disabled Cross-Country Ski Team.  Steve won a record four silver medals at the 2002 Winter Paralympics, the overall World Cup in 2005, and two gold medals at the 2006 Winter Paralympics.

Steve anounced his retirement from racing in 2007 but continued giving back to the sport of cross-country skiing.  He developed a Nordic program for disabled athletes at the National Ability Center in Park City, a program that continues to help develop future U.S. Team members.  Steve then worked with the Park City Junior Nordic ski team.  In 2014, The Utah Nordic Alliance hired Steve as Head Coach to lead TUNA's Nordic skiing program.

TUNA is proud to celebrate Steve's induction into the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame and honored to have him coach and direct our racing programs.

Steve Cook at the 2006 Paralympics