Date of Birth:
February 27, 1921
City/State of Birth:
Passed away July 5, 2016
Olympics and Events Attended:
1948 Olympics, London, England ~ Gymnastics
Before Wiik immigrated to the United States in 1949 he competed in the 1948 Olympics in London, England in gymnastics. He spent 19 years as Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education and Head Ski Coach at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado where he helped at least 12 members of his ski teams qualify for the U.S. in the Olympics and FIS championships. Wiik was selected to coach the U.S. ski team in the World Championships in Finland in 1958, the Olympic games in Squaw Valley in 1960, and the International-University Competition in Italy in 1966. He was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1979 and the National Ski Hall of Fame in 1981.
Wiik helped gain acceptance by the NCAA of skiing as an intercollegiate sport and served as a member of the first NCAA Ski Rules Committee. In addition he has also served on the USSA Nordic Competition Committee, the USSA Olympic Ski Games Committee, the US Ski Education Foundation Board of Trustees and the organizing committee for the 1980 Olympics.
Wiik is an accomplished author of many books, including "Cross Country Skiing, Training and Racing," and the co-author of the book, "The Regnery Guide to Ski Touring." He helped in organizing a ski touring instructors certification program for the Rocky Mountain Division of the USSA and served as the first Chief Examiner for that program.
In addition to becoming a trail designer and Nordic center consultant in several states, in 1968 Wiik built and operated the Scandinavian Lodge and Mt. Werner Training Center in Steamboat. Along with his wife Birthe and daughter Birgitta they hosted many athletes from all over the world for 20 years. The Wiiks had an opportunity to expand their operation and in 1980 they began operating the Steamboat Ski Touring Center.