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Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 

 

Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb legend Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima, Sierra High & Pittsburgh Steeler great Aaron Smith, the 13th-ranked 1998 Air Force football team, USOC media services chief Bob Condron, amateur golf legend Barbara McIntire and the late Colorado College athletic trainer Rosie Collins make up the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 announced today.
 
The Class of 2018 will be formally inducted and honored on Tuesday, October 23, at The Broadmoor World Arena. The 19th annual banquet and induction ceremony is presented by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and sponsored by The Gazette and ANB Bank.
   
The gala evening will begin with a reception at 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. Also on the menu is the popular sports silent auction, a feature of the event since its inaugural year in 2000.
  
This celebration of the city's rich sports history and the famed inductees honored has made it one of the most popular events for hundreds each year to attend. The Sports Hall of Fame has honored greats like Peggy Fleming, Goose Gossage, William Thayer Tutt, Bobby Unser, Bob Mathias, Dave Ogrean, Bonnie Blair, the 1980 USA Olympic Ice Hockey Team, Bill Hybl, Marty Louthan, Ben Martin, Amy Van Dyken, Ken Hatfield, Fisher DeBerry, Earl "Dutch" Clark, David and Hayes Jenkins, Chris Fowler, Rulon Gardner, and many great high school and collegiate championship teams and athletes.
 
Also honored will be the winners of the prestigious Sports Corp Special Awards, the Col. F. Don Miller Sports Service Award and the Thayer Tutt Sportsman Award.

Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima - The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
 
Tajima has almost singlehandedly put a face on the world's most famous motorsport hill climb, and established himself as one of the event's legends in a made-for-TV career on America's Mountain. 
 
The Japanese driver was the first in history to break the elusive 10-minute mark when he piloted his twin-turbo Suzuki SX4 to the summit of the 14,115-foot peak with an historic time of 9:51.278 in 2011. He made his debut on the Peak in 1988, taking third in the Showroom Stock Division in a Mazda 323 4WD auto, and that launched a brilliant relationship with the race that now spans three decades. 
 

The 67-year-old driver/businessman, Chairman and CEO of the Tajima Motor Corporation, dominated the prestigious Unlimited Division from 1992-2011. He won the division eight times, including six times in a row from 2006-2011, placing himself among the great drivers of past years who won this race-Michele Mouton, Bobby Unser, Ari Vatanen, Walter Röhrl, Rod Millen, David Donner, Romain Dumas and Sébastien Loeb. Tajima has four sub-ten minute finishes, the best being his 9:32.401 in 2015 when he took second to Rhys Millen in the Electric Modified Class. Tajima has been named King of the Mountain seven times and has recorded nine wins. He was inducted into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame in 2016.


Aaron Smith - Sierra High School/Pittsburgh Steelers Football
 
Smith was one of Sierra's High School's premier athletes in the early years of the school's history, winning all-state or all-conference honors in football and basketball. He extended that success in the college ranks with two NCAA Division II Championships at Northern Colorado in 1996 and 1997, then to a sparkling career as a defensive lineman with the Pittsburgh Steelers over 13 seasons before retiring in 2012. 
 
Smith was drafted by the Steelers in the 4th round, 109th pick overall, of the 1999 NFL draft and played in every Pittsburgh game at left defensive end from 2000 through 2006. He was considered the ideal defensive end in Pittsburgh's 3-4 defense. The Colorado Springs prep star won a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers in Super Bowl XL, a 21-10 win over Seattle, recording four tackles against the Seahawks. After the 2008 season, Smith won another ring with the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII, a 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals. With that victory, the Steelers became the first team to win six Super Bowl championships. Sports Illustrated honored him with selection to its 2000s All-Decade Team. 
 
He chalked up 44 Quarterback sacks and 453 tackles during his marvelous career with the Steelers. When he retired, after being part of the Steelers for 13 years, he bought a full-page ad in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to say goodbye to the organization and its fans.
1998 Air Force Academy Football Team
This magnificent team remains one of the finest in the history of Falcon Football. Coached by the legendary Fisher DeBerry, the Falcons ran up a 12-1 mark, a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championship, a 45-24 win over Washington in the Oahu Bowl, and a #13 ranking in the final Associated Press poll. The lone loss was a 35-34 heartbreaker against TCU in Fort Worth. 
 
The team won the prestigious Commander-in-Chief's Trophy with wins against Navy (49-7) and Army (35-7), and the league crown with a riveting 20-13 win over BYU. With Air Force's vaunted option offense shut down by Brigham Young, the Falcons used a 59-yard pass play from Blane Morgan to Matt Farmer late in the fourth quarter to beat the favored Cougars. In the second quarter, Morgan took over for Cale Bonds and played the rest of the game. He ran for 15 touchdowns and threw for 1,144 yards and 10 touchdowns in a banner campaign.
 

The 1998 Air Force Academy Football Team produced award-winning athletes including defensive tackle, Bryce Fisher, who was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year and Blane Morgan who was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year. In addition to Fisher and Morgan, First-team All-Conference selections included James Norman (OL), Tim Curry (DB), and Craig Thorstensen (ILB). All-American selections included Frank Mindrup (OL) and Tim Curry (DB).


Bob Condron - U.S. Olympic Committee Director of Media Services
 
Bob Condron joined the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) staff in January, 1984. He retired in 2012 after serving as the architect of the world's premier media services system at the Olympic Games. At the Games, his USOC press office was not only the destination for American journalists and broadcasters, but for international media as well. He was the Director of Media Services for the USOC for 28 years and 15 Olympic Games as well as various championships and international events until he retired, having earned the lasting respect of writers and broadcasters around the world. 
 
Since then he has helped wrestling return to the Olympic Games, serving in 2013 as the Communications Officer for the international federation in Switzerland. After wrestling returned to the Olympic Program, Condron served as the Manager of Press Operations for United World Wrestling and was the Press Chief for the World Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas in 2015. He later served for two and a half years as an International Advisor for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. In 2016 he managed the media for the 2016 Rio Olympic Organizing Committee for golf's return to the Games after a 112-year absence. 
 
During his work tenure with the USOC, he was selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to be a member of the IOC's Press Commission, a spot he held for a decade. He was also presented the Spirit of the Springs Award in 2012 for his work with the USOC. 
Barbara McIntire - Amateur Golf
 
Barbara McIntire nearly made history in Duluth, Minnesota, when the 21-year-old McIntire came within a stroke of winning the 1956 U.S. Women's Open as an amateur, her most memorable moment in a long career of golfing. She tied with Cathy Cornelius at the end of regulation play, but lost to Cornelius in an 18-hole playoff. 
 
McIntire played competitive amateur golf for nearly three decades and has numerous amateur titles to her credit, including the 1959 and 1964 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. She was a member of the USA Curtis Cup team six times. In 1957, she won the first of six North and South Women's Amateurs, then in 1959 at the U.S. Women's Amateur she defeated the reigning champion, Anne Quast, and went on to win the tournament. The following year she won the 1960 British Ladies Amateur, becoming one of eight women to simultaneously hold the American and British titles and earning her the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. She also won the Women's Western Amateur in 1958 and 1963. 
 
She was named to the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 1960 and selected for the Bob Jones Award in 2000, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. McIntire moved to Colorado Springs in 1962 and opened a clothing business at The Broadmoor Hotel with Judy Bell.

Theodore Roosevelt "Rosie" Collins - Colorado College Athletics 

Theodore Roosevelt "Rosie" Collins arrived in Colorado Springs in the middle of the Great Depression from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after borrowing $50 to pay his travel expenses. He came to accept the position of athletics trainer and equipment manager for the Tigers in 1935, a position he held until 1970. 
 
Besides being the first African American employed in a staff position at Colorado College (CC), Collins was a pioneer in the field of sports medicine. He was also one of the founders of the National Athletic Trainers Association.
 
Collins extended his helping hand beyond the walls of the training room. Because of his lauded work with CC's athletes, Collins’ reputation as a healer spread through the community. In 1952, he treated the sore neck of then vice presidential candidate Richard Nixon, and the two formed a lifelong friendship. 
 
Throughout his career at CC, Collins sat on the board of the Rocky Mountain Rehabilitation Center, and was active in the Elks Lodge, St. John's Baptist Church and the Republican Party in El Paso County. Rosie passed away in March, 1978. The "Roosevelt Collins Scholarship" is given by the college each year in his memory and on October 9, 1982, a bronze plaque, located in the College Sports Center, was dedicated in his honor.
Col. F. Don Miller Sports Service Award
The Colonel F. Don Miller Sports Service Award is presented annually by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation to the person who best reflects the commitment exemplified by Colonel Miller in providing a lasting contribution to the Colorado Springs sports community. The presentation of this award to those locally dedicated to the importance of sports in building young lives is a fitting tribute to Colonel Miller and the thousands of young men and women who benefitted from his unparalleled service on behalf of our nation's youth.
Dennis Carter
 
Dennis Carter was a legendary coach, teacher and administrator at Ellicott High School, where he enjoyed a career that spanned three decades. He coached Ellicott's first football team in 1970, and was the head coach for Thunderhawks basketball, track and baseball teams over the years. He coached boys basketball teams at Ellicott from 1975-1994 and 2007-2008. 
 
His teams won 12 league championships, made seven state tournament Final 8 appearances, and he coached eight All-State players. He was named the state's Outstanding Administrator by the Colorado Athletic Directors Association in 1997. Carter was the principal at the school from 1994-2000 alongside his coaching responsibilities.
Thayer Tutt Sportsman Award
The Thayer Tutt Sportsman Award is presented annually by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation to an individual or organization in recognition of exceptional philanthropic and community sports support, as well as on the national sports stage. 
 
Melinda Couch
 
Melinda Couch has used her marvelous gift of physical therapy support to help athletes for over two decades in Colorado Springs. She has been a physical therapist for U.S. Figure Skating since 1999, with assignments at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, World Championships, the International Skating Union’s Four Continents competitions, National Championships and Grand Prix events.
 
Her contributions to amateur sport also embrace her role as physical therapist for cycling, short track speed skating, basketball, the Rocky Mountain State Games and the prestigious New York City Marathon. She has also contributed her time to the Paralympic athlete program in the sports of paracycling, fencing, weight lifting and badminton.  She has traveled the world with her skills, earning the respect and admiration of thousands of athletes and coaches. Couch has dedicated her career to the treatment of injuries to athletes as well as injury prevention and wellness. Additionally, she is the proud owner of Peak Performance Physical Therapy in Colorado Springs.
Sports Hall of Fame Table & Ticket Information
 
Ticket Prices
$2,500 for a VIP table of ten seats
$1,250 for a patron table of ten seats
$250 for a VIP seat
$125 for a patron seat
 
VIP seating includes premium seating location, complimentary wine, and VIP 
pre-event reception. 
 
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