Pineland Farms, Maine. The United States Biathlon Association (USBA) is
pleased to announce the induction of John Morton to their national Hall of Fame. Morton
has represented the United States at 7 Olympics, dating back to the Sapporo Games in
1972, as an athlete, coach and Team Leader.
â€œJohn has modeled the spirit of the Olympic movement for generations of athletes
over his 30 years of involvement with the US Biathlon Team, and set a standard for
humility, integrity and success,â€ said Larry Pugh, Chairman of United States Biathlon.
Morton was an outstanding collegiate skier for Middlebury College, sweeping all
the Eastern Carnival races in 1966. He was named to the US Cross Country Ski Team in
1968 and the US Biathlon Team in 1969. He remained on the US Biathlon team from
1969 through the 1976 season (With the exception of a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1971,
winning the Bronze Star). In that span of time he represented the US at the Sapporo and
Innsbruck Olympics as an athlete. From 1976 through 2002 Morty served as an assistant
coach and Team Leader for the US Team, including at 5 more Olympic events.
Morton’s career has also included serving as the head coach for the Dartmouth ski
team from 1978-1989 and being a co-founder of the Maine Winter Sports Center.
â€œJohn has been and continues to be a great source of inspiration for the biathlon
community,â€ said Max Cobb, Executive Director of US Biathlon. â€œAs an athlete, coach,
team leader, author, chief of course, and trail designer he has given something to all of us.
This is but a small â€˜thank you’ for a man who continues to do so much for biathlon.â€
Morton will be inducted at a formal presentation at the US National Biathlon
Championships, scheduled for March 2009 in Fort Kent, Maine.