Services set for Olav Pedersen |

Services set for Olav Pedersen

Daily Staff Writer

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon for Olav Pedersen, who died June 16 at the age of 87.Pedersen was born on Feb. 17, 1917, in Voss, Norway, and began a life of competitive ski racing. He moved to Breckenridge in 1964, taught skiing at the Breckenridge Ski Area and founded the North American chapter of Ski for Light, an organization that enabled blind skiers to get out on the slopes.King Olav V of Norway awarded Pedersen the Order of St. Olav in 1976.Pedersen coached the blind U.S. Ski Team, created the Frisco Gold Rush Citizen’s Race, was a founding member of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center and participated in the Rocky Mountain Senior Winter Games and the Jimmie Huega Express benefit races. He was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1997 and the National Ski Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2003, the Summit Foundation awarded him the Soul of the Summit Lifetime Achievement Award.He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; sons Haakon of Breckenridge and Terje and Arve Rauk of Norway; brother Bjarne; and seven grandchildren. A reception will follow from 12:30-3 p.m. at the Vista Haus on Peak 8 in Breckenridge; lift tickets will be distributed at the church. Food will be provided by the local PEO chapter.

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