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 fourth and final inductee into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame is Pete Vordenberg. He was the 1993 NCAA National Champion in Nordic skiing in the 20k freestyle. Vordenberg was a three-time NCAA All-American in both the classic and freestyle. He competed for the U.S. Olympic team in the 1992 and 94 games and was named the head coach of the U.S. ski team in 2006. He currently is head development coach of the U.S. Cross Country program.
“Pete was the first athlete I gave a scholarship to” NMU head coach Sten Fjeldheim said. “Rick Comley told me he better be worth it and I think Rick had full confidence in me after Pete showed him what he was capable of. He was a quiet and very self-motivated individual who was a fierce competitor. He was a great team leader and a fearless skier with a dynamic and smooth style.”
“Pete was my first NCAA national champion and he put NMU on the map for Nordic skiing, making recruiting easier for me,” Sten added.
Vordenberg is a writer in cross country skiing magazines and has written a book called Momentum: Chasing the Olympic Dream. He lives in Park City, Utah with his wife Barb. Barb also skied for NMU.
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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