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"SHELLY" LEONARD Snowsports Builder Awards - 2013 Pioneers drawn from the fields of ski racing, coaching, and instruction; the evolution of disabled skier programs, and ski area development. by John Watson History Committee Chair, FWSA Shelley Leonard received the University of Nevada Athletic Hall of Fame recognition at halftime for skiing and coaching. Nevada Governor, Bob Miller, presented the plaque at UNR's Mackay Stadium, 1992. What we cite here is but a microscopic history related to fifty years of contributions to snowsports of this heroic figure from Nevada's Carson Valley, Arthur Chelton Leonard (1923-2011). Leonard was both a ski and football athlete at Reno High School (Class of 1941) and the University of Nevada-Reno. He was headed for international ski competition when World War II changed everything. He volunteered for the U. S. Army and was ordered in 1943 to Camp Hale to train with the 10th Mountain Division, a corporal designated as a ski instructor. At the end of the war, Leonard enrolled in the University of Oregon. Though he was proud to be called a Duck, the siren call of ski racing led him to Sun Valley, Idaho in 1947. In 1948, he was back at the University of Nevada and a member of the ski team until his graduation in 1951. The next eight years were spent as the University of Nevada Ski Coach, producing many skiers who went on to competitions and the ski industry. During this time, he organized the first sanctioned NCAA Intercollegiate Ski Championships held at Sky Tavern, originated the "All American Ski Team", was honored as Ski Coach of the Year and led Nevada to two top five finishes in the NCAA Ski Championships. In 1992, Chelton was inducted into the University of Nevada Athletic Hall of Fame for Skiing and as Coach of the Ski Team. In 1958, Chelton took the position of Assistant Sports Technical Director for the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley. He was involved in the Competition Jury, was the Chief Gatekeeper for Alpine events and appointed Advisor to Nevada Governor Grant Sawyer for the Winter Olympics. In 1960, he was appointed Executive Director of the National Ski Association of America (now the United States Ski and Snowboard Association) and continued working with the U.S. Olympic Committee and as Chairman of the International Ski Competition Committee. Chelton returned to Reno in 1962 for two more years as Nevada's Ski Coach. He was recalled to active military service in 1967 and later retired from the Army as a Colonel. His last role was Director of the Luggi Foegger Ski School at Diamond Peak, Incline Village, NV from 1975-1990. His love of skiing, mountains and the Army had Chelton traveling the world with the 10th Mountain Division Association and the International Federation of Mountain Soldiers. For three years from 1995 to 1998, he served as Secretary General of the "International Federation of Mountain Soldiers". He became lifelong friends with many of his former adversaries, including a German General. "Shelly" Leonard founded the 10th Mountain Division annual biathlon race and he celebrated its 28th Anniversary April 19, 2009 at Auburn Ski Club. In 2007, he received the Wendell Robie Award from Auburn Ski Club for Lifetime Outstanding Service. Leonard's long career includes Certified Official, Chief of Race, Referee and Chief Timer for Far West Ski Association, United States Ski Association and the International Ski Federation (FIS). Arthur Chelton Leonard served snowsports and community youth sports in many roles, especially in the Reno-Tahoe area. Snowsports owes a great debt to the late "Shelly" for his many contributions to the development of ski racing, coaching and ski instruction during skiing's growth years from the Olympics through the 1980s. Between his 10th Mountain Division duty commencing in 1943 and Diamond Peak, "Shelly" Leonard participated in every major ski activity in the Reno-Tahoe area for 50 years. There may be no trail marker, but those tracks in the snow are "Shelly" Leonard's. DOUG PRINGLE Doug Pringle, one of the Snowsport Builder Award winners, participated in the Public Affairs Panel at the 2013 FWSA's Annual Convention. He was instrumental in the development of disabled sports programs. Doug Pringle is a ground breaking pioneer for disabled sports and a tireless innovator and organizational developer of services to the disabled. And he is adding further to his four decades of service to the expanding disabled community. Doug Pringle, USMA (West Point) Class of '67, arrived that same year in Vietnam. Three months later, he lost most of his right leg in combat. His long rehabilitation reinforced his determination to continue his recreational activities despite his handicap. He found that there were but three amputee ski clubs in the USA so he and 13 other amputees organized and raced at Donner Summit in 1969. They called it a National Amputee Championship. This was his initial point for what is now Disabled Sports USA. It all began on snow. And, Doug Pringle has been central in the evolution of disabled sports in the USA. Forty years ago, many of the wounded from the Vietnam War became involved in skiing because major military hospitals were including the sport as part of rehabilitation training. Pringle got hooked on skiing through his participation in the National Handicapped Sports and Recreation Association (NHSRA). 4O Far West Skier's Guide 2O13 - 2O14 / See the Digital Edition of the Far West Skier's Guide at www.fwsa.org. http://www.fwsa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Far West Skier's Guide 2013-2014

Far West Skier's Guide 2013-2014
Board of Directors, Trustees
President’s Message: FWSA is on the Move!
FWSA Committee Chairmen and Other Representatives
FWSA Presidents Gather at 2013 Convention
Council Information
FWSA Council Services Supports Clubs
National Ski Council Federation Brings Councils & Clubs Together Nationwide
FWSA Membership: Through Clubs or Direct
FWSA Direct Member Application Form
Order Form / Far West Skier’s Guide
FWSA Communications
Ski Season - 2014
FWSA Travel Program
FWRA Board of Directors
FWRA League Race Chairs
Why Do We Race?
FWRA Race Schedule
The FWSA Athletic Scholarship Program Helps Junior Racers
Pursue Your Passions Through the FWSF
Hope on the Slopes Events
Winter Trails Day
FWSA 81st Annual Convention - Mountain Magic Moments - Recap
FWSA 2013 Convention Sponsors
FWSA Industry Award Winners
Convention Door Prize Donors & Milestones
2013 FWSA Councils’ Man & Woman of the Year
Silent Auction & Travel Expo Participants - 2013
2013 FWSA Convention Award Recipients
Snowsports Celebrities Entertain & Inform
Candace Cable, Keynote Speaker
FWSA Safety Person of the Year
FWSA Western Ski Heritage Award
FWSA Snowsports Builder Awards
FWSA Ski Clubs & Councils Continue Generous Charity Support
FWSA 82nd Annual Convention - Volcanic Paradise - Bend, Oregon
FWSA 83rd Annual Convention - Salute to San Diego
Twelve Resorts / One Pass
Public Affairs - 2013 Update
The Road to Sochi
Lodging Options
Regional Ski Shows
High Hopes Exist for an Olympic & Far West History Museum in Squaw Valley
Zermatt: Where Legends Meet!
Has Technology Made Skiing Safer?
How Well Do You Know Your Resorts?
A Visit to the 2013- 2014 Digital Edition Only Insert
FWSA Council & Club Information

Far West Skier's Guide 2013-2014