Corey Engen

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Competitive Skier
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Corey Engen (1916 - 2006)

Corey (Kaare) Engen was born on March 30, 1916, the youngest of the three Engen brothers. Over his competitive career, Corey won more than 500 medals and trophies in all skiing disciplines (jumping, cross-country, downhill, slalom, and giant slalom). He was captain of the 1948 U.S. Olympic ski jumping team and placed third in the jumping portion of the Olympic classic combined event, involving both jumping and cross-country.

Corey directed the ski schools at Snowbasin, Utah, and Brundage Mountain in McCall, Idaho, teaching countless skiers. For many years he coached young skiers, some of whom went on to greatness. His teams won eleven national championships. He received the Russell Wilder Memorial Award (1963), presented by the National Ski Association for "furthering the sport in the minds and hearts of the youth of America." He was elected to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 1973 and received the Pacific Northwest Ski Educational Foundation award (1985) in appreciation of his contribution to the youth of America. In 1987, Corey was elected to the Northwest Hall of Fame of Winter Sports at Mount Hood, Oregon. This was followed by induction to the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame in 2002.  Corey received the S.J. Quinney Award for outstanding lifetime achievement in 2003.

Corey passed away of natural causes on May 9, 2006, at age 90.