RUMFORD (AP) – The surviving members of the 1952 U.S. Olympic Nordic ski team will be honored Thursday at the NCAA skiing championships.

Rumford’s Black Mountain is the site of this year’s cross country championships, to be held Thursday and Saturday. As part of the festivities, the surviving members of the 1952 Olympic team will reunite in Rumford, where their Olympic journey began. The trials for those Olympics were moved to Rumford in the winter of 1951 because of a shortage of snow in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Wendall “Chummy” Broomhall, 89, remembers that the trials began and ended on a town street in front of Rumford’s old high school to determine who would compete in the Olympics, which were held in Oslo, Norway.

All of the team members are now in their 80s, said Broomhall, who skied until he was 80 and lives in Rumford.

“We’ve never been all together since we left Europe,” he said.

One of the team members has died, but the other seven are planning to travel to Rumford. A luncheon will be held in their honor.

Besides Broomhall, other team members planning to attend are John Burton of Minnetonka, Minn.; John Caldwell of Putney, Vt.; Ted Farwell and Paul Wegeman, both of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; George Hoveland of Duluth, Minn., and Tom Jacobs of Glens Falls, N.Y.


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