MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame will induct four new members on Saturday, April 14, 2012 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 final 2012 inductee into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame is Lindsay Williams. She was a four-year letter winner (2003-07) on the Nordic ski team.
Williams was an NCAA Nordic skiing National Champion in the 5-kilometer freestyle and a two-time runner-up. She finished second in the 15k classic in 2007 and in the 5k classic in 2005. Williams was a four-time All-American in the 5k classic and 15k freestyle in 2005 and in the 5k freestyle and 15k classic in 2007.
“As a freshman, we noticed right off the bat that Lindsay at real instinct for racing and a strong passion to compete,” NMU Nordic ski coach Sten Fjeldheim said. “She matured into a real seasoned competitor and was one of the most focused skiers I’ve ever coached.”
In 2007, Williams, along with teammates Lindsey Weier and Morgan Smyth, swept the podium in the both the classic and freestyle at the NCAA Championship to make history. Williams beat out Weier and Smyth in the 5k freestyle while Weier took the 15k classic title by one second over Williams, followed by Smyth.
“It was a cool calm morning in Jackson, New Hampshire and Lindsay was very relaxed before the freestyle race,” Fjeldheim added. “Lindsay dominated hills and the course really benefited her. She would put her head down and fly up them. It was a great day for her and her team. She prepared the same for ever race no matter if it was a National Championship race or a team time trial.”
Williams was the senior women’s sprint gold medalist at the 2005 U.S. Cross Country Championships. She also skied for the United States Ski Team in the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy, finishing 38th in the freestyle and 62nd in the pursuit.
“It was rewarding to work with her has an athlete,” said Fjeldheim. “She paid attention to detail and was very strict with her diet. She did all the little things that some student-athletes don’t want to do and was one of the fiercest competitors I’ve ever coached. She really helped put NMU women’s skiing on the map.”
Williams graduated from NMU in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in management of health and fitness.
Tickets for the evening are $20 for adults and $15 for students. They can be purchased 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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