MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame will induct four new members Saturday, April 16, 2011 in the Great Lakes Room of the University Center. A social hour beginning at 6 p.m. will kick off the evening which will be followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The Sports Hall of Fame ceremony is being held in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Awards Banquet.
The first inductee into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame is Chris Cook. He was a Nordic skiing NCAA National Champion in 2003 as he won the 20k classic. Cook was a an NCAA All-American in 2000, 2001 and 2003. He finished first in the sprint and was second in the 15k at the U.S. National Championships. Cook was on the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team where he finished 21st in the sprint event in Torino, Italy.
“Chris Cook was the most powerful skier I ever had. He had this great ability to race and was passionate about it.” NMU head coach Sten Fjeldheim said. “His national championship race was a mass start classic. I told him to not take the lead until you know you can win it. He was calm and cool before the race and I could feel that he was going to have a good day. He came into the stadium matched up with two skiers and his powerful body took over. I knew once he took the lead that he wouldn’t give it up if he stayed on is feet. He started to celebrate with about five meters to go and held on to win by a half of a second. It was great.”
Cook lives in Rhinelander, Wis.
Tickets are available for the evening at $20 for adults and $15 for students at the NMU Superior Dome Ticket Office or by calling 906-227-1032.
The banquet is sponsored in part by Superior Oasis and Downtown EyeCare.
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