2013 Colorado Springs Hall of Fame Class:
She started skating at two and went on to become America’s greatest speed skater and one of the world’s most decorated female Olympians, with five gold medals and a bronze medal. Blair skated for the United States in Sarajevo, Calgary, Albertville and Lillehammer and won both the 500 and 1000 meter races in 1992 and 1994. She was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004 and named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in 1994. She was the first American Olympian to win three consecutive gold medals in the same event in a Winter Games by capturing the 500 meters in 1988, 1992 and 1994. She has trained and competed in Colorado Springs throughout her career and has family still living in the city. She is married to Dave Cruikshank, also an Olympian in speed skating, and the couple has a son and daughter, Grant (14) and Blair (12), who are spending their time with ice hockey and gymnastics, respectively.
Sauer, who played for Colorado College from 1962-65, was the head coach at Colorado College for eleven seasons, taking the job at the start of the 1971-72 season after replacing John Matchefts. His teams recorded 166 wins, including a 23-16-0 mark in 1974-75. He took over the head coaching position at Wisconsin in 1982 and was led the Badgers to a pair of NCAA Championships in 1983 and 1990. His UW teams chalked up an amazing 489 wins over 20 seasons. His Wisconsin teams appeared in the NCAA Frozen Four three times, and he was the first coach in college ice hockey history to win an NCAA Championship in his first season. He coached 17 All-Americans at Wisconsin and 27 players, including Chris Chelios, who went on to play in the NHL. He ended his collegiate coaching career with a total of 655 wins over three decades, the eighth best in history. Sauer has been an important USA Hockey coach and official and received the prestigious Lester Patrick Award in 2011 for his service to USA Hockey and his distinguished career. He will be the head coach for the USA Sled Hockey Team at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia
Medina is one of the greatest players in the 25 years of AAA minor league baseball in Colorado Springs, and the face of the franchise for the club’s first four seasons from 1988-1991. He hit 28 home runs, tops in AAA Baseball in the inaugural Sky Sox season in 1988 while hitting .310 and driving in 81 runs. He led the then Cleveland Indians farm team to the PCL playoffs in 1989-90-91. The Indians had drafted him in the 9th round of the 1985 amateur draft. He spent parts of three seasons (1988-89-91) with the parent Cleveland Indians before joining the Kansas City Royals organization, playing one season for the Omaha Royals, followed by three seasons with Hiroshima in the Japan League before retiring. He’s now in his 13th year in the Royals organization, his sixth as Special Assistant to the General Manager/Player Personnel. He also spent three seasons as a Professional Scout and was awarded the Royals' Art Stewart Scout of the Year in 2009. He currently resides in Phoenix with his wife, Carla, and triplets, Arianna, Chloe and Garrett.
Twenty years ago Matt Carpenter raced into the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon record books and he’s just kept on running. In fact, Carpenter has won the Pikes Peak Marathon 12 times. He has six victories in the Pikes Peak Ascent. Twice he won both races - capturing the Ascent title on Saturday, and the Marathon victory on Sunday - in the same year. His last Pikes Peak victory came in 2011, when, at age 47, he won the marathon in 3:48:08. He still holds 17 course records in some of the most difficult races in the world, including the Leadville Trail 100-mile race, where in 2005 he crushed the old record by 90 minutes to finish in 15 hours, 42 minutes, 59 seconds. Here at home, Carpenter has served as president of the Pikes Peak Road Runners. He started the Incline Club running group, and founded the Barr Trail Mountain Race - which he has won eight times. He has served as race director for the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run, and is a member of the Triple Crown of Running Board of Directors. Carpenter learned to love running in high school and he has helped raise thousands of dollars for area high school running programs. Carpenter is married to Yvonne, who is also a runner. They live in Manitou Springs with their daughter, Kyla.
The Colorado Springs native was the head football coach at Wasson High from 1966-1978 and led his 1971 team to the state high school football championship, the first in Wasson history. His other teams finished second once and reached the state quarterfinals five times. Westbay was a part of the Wasson family from the beginning in 1959, when he was an assistant coach in football, basketball and baseballl as well as a social science teacher. He attended Colorado Springs High school, where he was a three-sport athlete and played with his brother Bill, on the school’s 1948 state football championship team. He played college football at Denver University, coached in Bakersfield, California, then returned to Colorado Springs to stay and become part of the original Wasson athletic family, also serving as the school’s athletic director and coached basketball for four years in addition to his football duties.
Nick Sanborn, called “Mr. Hill Climb” by many, was involved in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for more than 50 years, beginning as a volunteer worker, winning Stock Car titles five times, and ultimately playing a huge part in preserving the Race to the Clouds during some tough times and turning it into international prominence. He never stopped promoting the race on America’s Mountain as he traveled the country or internationally, and he served the race as its Director of Competition, Assistant Chief Steward, Director of Operations and was a longtime member of the Board of Directors. Sanborn played a huge part in the creation of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Educational Museum. He served as a consultant to hill climb races in Japan, Germany, Australia and the Czech Republic and was an ambassador for the Pikes Peak race and a fixture at the Indianapolis 500 each year. He died in December, 1999, at the age of 64 after almost a lifetime of nurturing the mountain and the event created by Spencer Penrose in 1916.
1987 Rampart Basketball Team
Just over a quarter century ago, this group of teenaged players achieved the impossible - perfection. The Rampart boys team chalked up a remarkable 24-0 record, beating Thompson Valley, 42-38 in the state Class 3A championship game. Coach Rick Starzecki’s Rams won their games by an average of 17 points, and his five starters- Dave Tomlinson, Tim Cameron, Kevin Belt, Mike Nelson and Mike Schroath, were all named to All-State teams by various Colorado publications and organizations. Nelson was named the MVP of the team and the state tourney. Other team members were Marshall Garner, Dave Loewer, Robert Fleming, Jeff Anderson, Terrence Stith and Rich Vorwaller.