MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame will induct four new members on Saturday, April 26, in the Great Lakes Room of the University Center. The event will once again be held in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Awards Banquet. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. with the program to follow.
The first inductee into the class of 2014 is Lindsey (Weier) Dehlin. Dehlin was a two-sport athlete at Northern Michigan, competing in cross country and Nordic skiing from 2002-07. She was a National Champion, a five-time All-American and a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic Team in Nordic skiing. She also earned four letters competing in cross country.
“Lindsey came to NMU with a solid racing background and training history. As her coach, it was a challenge to help an already proven ski racer progress to an even better ski racer,” said Sten Fjeldheim, current Wildcat Nordic ski coach, who coached Dehlin in both cross country and skiing while she competed at NMU. “I soon learned that we had a special student-athlete in Lindsey. Not only was she a diligent and talented athlete, but she became a strong leader on our team as a freshman.”
In 2002, as a senior in high school, Dehlin became one of the youngest U.S. women to ever make the U.S. Olympic team but did not compete. However, she returned to Olympic Competition at the next Winter Olympics in 2006 in Turin, Italy for Team USA with NMU teammate Lindsay Williams. Dehlin finished 59th in the 10K race and 55th in the 7.5K pursuit at the 2006 games.
In 2007, Dehlin, along with teammates Williams and Morgan Smyth, swept the podium at the NCAA Championships in both the classic and freestyle races. It marked the first time in NCAA history that any group of women skiers from one school placed in the top three in both events. Dehlin won the 15K classic race and placed third in the 5K freestyle skate.
“By her senior year, Lindsey and two of her teammates did something that had never been done before in the history of NCAA skiing,” said Fjeldheim. “It was an incredible team effort that all started when Lindsey arrived on campus, raised the bar and gave everything she had to the training and commitment to her team.”
Due to her solid senior campaign, Dehlin was named the College Skier of the Year by Ski Racing magazine and competed at the World Nordic Junior Championships in Stryn, Norway following the conclusion of the 2007 season.
"One of the greatest memories of my career at NMU was winning the NCAA Championships,” said Dehlin. “It was awesome to be on the top step of that podium next to my teammates. Even thinking about it now, brings tears of happiness and joy."
"I couldn't feel more honored to be inducted to the NMU sports hall of fame. It is certainly a great feeling and I am proud to be a Wildcat," added Dehlin.
Dehlin captured All-America honors each year she competed for the Wildcats, earning the distinction in the 15K classic as a freshman, the 5K classic as a sophomore and junior and both races as a senior.
Dehlin is a native of Mahtomedi, Minn., and graduated from NMU in 2011 with a degree in liberal arts. She and her husband, Daniel Dehlin, reside in Marquette with their three-year-old sons, Ethan and Chase.
The Sports Hall of Fame and Student-Athlete Awards Banquet is sponsored by Superior Oasis, Hit Trophy and Downtown Eye Care.
Photos: Lindsey (Weier) Dehlin