Tommy Moe

Year Inducted: 2003

Born: 2-17-1970

Moe was born in Missoula, Montana. He started skiing at age three and spent his childhood skiing as fast as he could. Entering Glacier Creek Ski Academy in Alaska, and having a rocky adolescence, he one dismissed entirely from the U.S. junior program for breaking the rules.

His breakthrough year was 1989 when, at 19, he made the World Championships team. His best result came in the World Championships in Vail, Colorado, when he was 12th in the downhill. Moe also won the 1989 U.S. super-G championship and in the World Junior Championships on his home hill, Mount Alyeska, he won super-G and combined. In 1990 he won the U.S. giant slalom title.

His first Olympics came at the Albertville games in 1992 when he placed 20th in downhill and 28th in super-G. Then he committed himself to train harder and finished fifth in downhill at the 1993 World Championships in Japan. His first podium on the World Cup tour came in 1993 at Whistler Mountain, British Columbia where he place second in the downhill.

The golden year was 1994 at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics, where he etched the run of his life, cutting a brilliant line down the Kvitfjell slope to take the gold medal in front of 30,000 spectators. Four days later he celebrated his 24th birthday and proved the gold medal was no fluke. He won the silver in the super-G.

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