Chelton Leonard (1950, 53-64/ Skiing, Ski Coach)





Leonard completed 58 years as a ski competitor, coach, instructor, official, administrator, and executive. Leonard began skiing in his hometown in Reno, Nevada in 1933 and developed into a leading ski racer int eh Sierra Nevada Mountains where he was tice captain of the Reno High School Ski Team. In World war II Leonard volunteered for service with eh 10th Mountain Division and served as a Ski Instructor at Camp Hale, Colorado in 1943-44. After the war he returned to Sun Valley and trained with the Sun Valley Ski Team in 1947-48 in DH and Slalom. HE then enrolled at the University of Nevada and competed for the ski team in DH, Slalom, and Cross-Country, and was ski team captain in 1951. He was also registered as a Class “A” Alpine Racer from 1947-1952. During that time, Leonard skied in several movies, including eh trick skiing and “doubling” for Lou Costello in the feature movie “Hit the Ice.” He was appointed Head Ski Coach of the University of Nevada Ski Team in 1953. His teams were eight times Pacific Coast Champions and always finished near the top in national rankings. He was named “Coach of the Year” in 1958 by the Western Winter Sports Writers. And he was named to the NCAA Ski Rules Committee and served as secretary from 1956-60. During this time he also originated and chaired the All American Ski Team Committee’ for the National Ski Association, and worked on establishing the National Ski Coaches Certification Program. In 1959, Leonard was appointed “Assistant Sports Technical Director” for the 1960 Winter Olympic Games at Squaw Valley.

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