Bob Harkins named to Ski Hall of Fame
A former Sunday River Ski Resort coach and manager has been named to the Maine Ski Hall of Fame.
Bob Harkins will be inducted with six others on Oct. 22 in a ceremony at Lost Valley in Auburn, according to a press release from the Hall.
Harkins, an Auburn native, began his experience in the sport as a weekend volunteer ski patrolman at Sunday River while he was in high school. He continued volunteering while at the University of Maine.
After graduation he turned to coaching in the alpine racing program at Sunday River, beginning a teaching and coaching career that led to serving as athletic director and head ski coach at Gould Academy before becoming director of the racing program at Alpental Ski Area in Washington State.
Next came a stint with the U.S. ski team, heading up the Development Program and working as alpine operations manager during the Calgary Olympics.
From the U.S. Team, Harkins returned to Sunday River, where he was the key figure in creating the Perfect Turn Program, an innovative way to develop skiers. The program is still used at Sunday River and Sugarloaf and has been franchised to other ski resorts.
Others who will be inducted into the hall are: Olympic skiers Kirsten Clark-Rickenbach (U.S. Ski Team) and Marcus Nash (US Nordic Ski Team); Morten Lund (ski writer); Joan McWilliams Dolan (US Freestyle Ski Champion); Bernard Paradis (Fort Kent ski coach); and John Atwood (10th Mt Division).