Date of Birth:
March 1, 1927
City/State of Birth:
Passed away May 30, 2015
Olympics and Events Attended:
1952 Olympics, Oslo, Norway - Nordic Combined
Wegeman started skiing in 1930 at Genesee Mountain outside of Denver, Colorado before there were ski lifts. Wegeman, along with his father who was a teacher and coach, would climb and pack the slope on which they would descend and practice their turns. He started skiing and jumping competition at age 12. Wegeman passed the test for being a National Ski Patrolman at age 14. The family moved to Steamboat in 1944, and Wegeman skied for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. He graduated from Steamboat High School in 1945 and went on to ski for Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado from 1946-1947. From 1947-1949 he worked as a ski patroller in Sun Valley Idaho. Paul then went on to ski for the University of Denver from 1949-1951. He was the national champion in 1951 and won Dartmouth Winter Carnival Ski Meister Award (4-way).
Wegeman accomplishments include:
- Member of the U.S. FIS World Championship Nordic Ski Team in 1950 at Lake Placid, New York
- Member of the U.S. Olympic Ski Team, Nordic Combined in 1952 at Oslo, Norway
- Skied for the University of Denver 1952-1954 (under coach Willy Schaeffer)
- 1950-1954, won the national Collegiate Championship many times
- Member of the first sanctioned National Championship College Ski Team - University of Denver - 1954.
Wegeman was married in 1954 to Nancy M. Stevens of Los Angeles, California. He then went on to graduate from the University of Denver in 1955 with a B.A degree in education. In 1956 he received a Masterís in Education. After graduating he went on to teach school in Oxnard and Los Angeles, California city schools. He has one child, a son born in January 1964. Wegeman and his family moved to Colorado Springs in early 1982.
Wegeman states that it was great fun living in Steamboat. "Everyone felt good about themselves, their friends and their town; there was always plenty to do, between the activities of school, church, and the community we didn't have the time or the inclination to get in any kind of trouble. The community and its leaders fully supported the young people! Steamboat will always have a very special place in my heart," he says. "Steamboat - a place to live, grow and excel," Wegeman says.
Paul was active in real estate sales and investment in Colorado Springs and was honored to carry the Olympic torch through town for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He was inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 1998. He is survived by Nancy; son Paul Wegeman, Jr. (wife Joan); two grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.†