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Wren, Gordon


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Date of Birth: 1919

City/State of Birth: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Current Residence: deceased

Olympics and Events Attended:
1948 Olympics, St. Moritz, Switzerland ~ Alpine/Ski
Jumping/Nordic Combined/Nordic

Brief Biography:
Wren began skiing at the age of three and half and participated in his first competitive jump at the age of eight. As a junior, he won 72 of the 75 jumping competitions he entered. During his competitive career of two and half decades he participated in 80 major events, taking 47 firsts and 17 second-places.

After four years in the 10th Mountain Division during WWII, he resumed competition and qualified for all four events in the 1948 Olympics and placed fifth in the Special Ski Jumping event. In 1950 he jumped with the FIS team, took first in the National Nordic Combined Championships and second in the National Giant Slalom Championships. He was the first American to jump 300 feet. He was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 1958 and the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1978.

After retiring from competition, he became a coach for the Steamboat Winter Sports Club and built the jumping program up from 4 skiers to 32 in just two years. From 1955-1959, Wren held the position of Director of Recreation for the city of Reno, Nevada, where he developed a ski program for 500 boys and girls. During the course of 22 years, he served as area director/manager of Steamboat Springs, Loveland Basin, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Mt. Werner.

Wren married Jean Wilkin Maxwell in Aspen on July 18, 1948. They had four children: Wendy, David Gordon, Laurie and Cynthia. Wren passed away from cancer on Thanksgiving, November 25, 1999 at his Steamboat home. He was 80 years old.
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