Mike Duffey Honored
USA Roller Sports Members Honored
LINCOLN, Nebraska -- USA Roller Sports (USARS) is proud to announce Hall of Fame and Honors recipients for 2003. The Board of Directors recognized over twenty USARS members at their semi-annual board meeting on February 25, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Robert Anderson, of Fort Worth, Texas, was approved for the induction into the Coaches Hall of Fame. Anderson started coaching in 1958, and has achieved a continuous coaching career for over 42 years. He attained his first national placement in 1960 and shows continuous success with his latest three National Championship placements in 2002, which included a gold medal. Nearly a dozen well-known coaches have once been Anderson?s pupil. His innovations as a coach include several pairs lifts created for his National Championship World Class Pairs Team, Benson and Young, who skated away with victories from 1984 to 1987. The Benson and Young pairs team also won the World Games in 1985 and the Pan American Games in 1987 as well as taking silver five times in the World Championships from 1983 to 1987.
Membership into the Distinguished Service Hall of Fame was awarded to James Jost of East Troy, Wisconsin. Jost, who started as an artistic and speed skater, started competing in Hardball Roller Hockey in 1962. He began refereeing Hardball Roller Hockey in 1976 and achieved national certification as a referee in 1979. He has refereed at the National Championships every year since then. Jost has served on the Hardball Hockey Committee, organized training camps for the development of youth players and has served as National Championship Meet Host. He was commissioned as a Federation Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) International Hockey Referee in 1989 and has refereed at both "B" and "A" World Championships. Jost has dedicated more than 25 years of service to Hardball Roller Hockey, which he continues to contribute to this day.
Olga Soto, from Lincoln, Nebraska, was also inducted into the Distinguished Service Hall of Fame for her contributions the past twenty years as a translator to USARS, an interpreter and a goodwill ambassador. Ms. Soto began her service as an employee of the Confederation in 1982. She has worked with USARS to maintain its Pan American status, and has served as a Spanish interpreter for many World Championships. Soto translated the inline hockey book into the Spanish language and continues to serve as a key intermediary with Spanish speaking federations.
Dub Graham, of Port Neches, Texas, was one of four athletes elected into the Athletes Hall of Fame as a veteran who has shown outstanding sportsmanship in Hardball Roller Hockey. Graham was goalie for six Hardball Hockey National Championship Port Neches, Texas teams during the 1960?s. He served as goalie on the USA Team that played in the World Championships during 1968 and 1970. During the time that he played goalie for the Port Neches Team, he was five times given the best goalie award at the National Championships.
Athlete Hall of Fame membership was also given Plim Howard, of Round Hill, Virginia, whom also displayed extreme sportsmanship and athletic ability in the sport of Hardball Roller Hockey. Howard was goalie on the Hardball Hockey National Championship Teams from 1986 through 1998 and 1990 through 1993. He was declared the most valuable player at the Nationals six times. He was the Gold Medal goalie at the Olympic Festivals in 1985 through 1991, and 1993. He also received the Elmer Ringeisen Award in 1988. Howard played on the USA World Championship Teams in 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991 and 1993. He was the U.S. Team goalie for the 1987 and the 1991 Pan American Games and played on the Hardball Hockey Exhibition Team for the 1992 Olympic Games in Spain.
Michael Duffey, of San Diego, California, was an USA defenseman on the Gold Medal team at the Inline Hockey World Championships in 1995, 1996 and 1997. Inducted into the Athlete Hall of Fame, Duffey was a member of the San Diego Hosers National Championships teams from 1992 to 1994, which made the transition in puck roller hockey from quad skates to exclusively inline skates.
Dante Muse, of West Des Moines, Iowa, was elected into the Athlete Hall of Fame for his prolific athletic ability in Speed Roller Skating. Muse has been a World Championship Gold Medallist in Speed Skating both on the road and on the track. In 1985, he achieved his first Gold Medal on the Banked Track in Colorado Springs during the 5000m distance. In 1987, he defended his5000 meter championship in Grenoble, France. Muse was a Gold Medallist in 1998 in the 10,000m men?s distance as well as the 10,000m relay in Cassano D?Adda, Italy. In the 1989 World Track Championships in Hastings, New Zealand, he won a Gold Medal in the 20,000m-elimination race and the 10,000m relay. In 1991, he was again the Gold Medallist in the 20,000m-elimination race and the 10,000m relay in Ostende, Belgium. Muse won the 5,000m men?s race at the World Road Championships in Rome, Italy in 1992. In 1993, he kept rolling in the winning streak when he won the men?s 300m, men?s 10,000m and the men?s 5,000m relay at the World Track Championship in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 1994 marked Muse?s final year in the World Championships on the track in Gujan Mestras, France where he won the 20,000m-elimination race. During this era, Muse was one of the most dominant skaters in the world and won numerous second and third place medals as he helped other teammates achieve Gold Medals.
USARS Life Membership was given to Scott Kleiman, of Austell, Georgia, who was the team physician for numerous World Championships and Director of Sports Medicine for USARS.
The M.M. Shattuck Distinguished Service Award is awarded to a person who consistently demonstrates outstanding service to Confederation programs and high concern for the welfare of athletes, coaches and officials. Doug Eley, who spearheaded the Pan-American Team training in the 1980?s for South American athletes, was one of the original directors of the International Artistic Training Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and has been in charge of the program for several years.
The Elmer Ringeisen Sportsmanship Award honors a current competitive skater who has conducted himself according to the highest ideals of good sportsmanship. Zygmund "Ziggy" Marszalek, of Franklin Square, New York, has shown this high quality of sportsmanship as a perennial World Championship team member for Inline Hockey.
The Gordon Van Roekel Lifetime Service Award was given to Bill Sisson, of Lubbock, Texas. Sisson is a USARS Board Member and Chairman of the Hardball Hockey Committee. This award is given periodically to an individual who merits recognition for the highest level of continuous service to the Confederation.
Ted Leineke was given the Dennis R. Snead Award. Leineke has shown exceptional dedication towards the advancement of the sport or roller speed skating through his contributions as a speed meet official over the course of many years.
Artistic Skater of the Year was awarded to Heather Mulkey for her exceptional achievements and accomplishments as current and three-time World Champion Ladies Singles Gold Medallist.
Chad Hedrick received Speed Skater of the Year in recognition of his 50th World Championship Gold Medal and Theresa Cliff for her 25th World Championship Gold Medal during the World Championships of 2002.
Mike Ciolli was recognized as the Inline Hockey Skater of the Year for his exceptional achievements as a World Championship Inline Hockey Athlete.
Hardball Hockey Player of the Year was awarded to Tonya Vensel of Bremmerton, Washington, for her outstanding performance during the Women?s World Hardball Hockey Championships.
Meritorious Service Awards were given to Charles Yoder, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, for his service to inline hockey and as three times USA World Team Coach. Kay and Leonard Gallatin received the award for their exceptional contribution to the sport of speed skating in both indoor and outdoor competitions as the operators and custodians of the speed electronic timing and placement equipment, tabulation systems. Victoria Washington also received the Meritorious Service Award for her contribution of professional services as a masseuse at the National Championships over an extended number of years.
Athlete Hall of Fame awards will be given to recipients during the National Competition that corresponds to their discipline. All other Hall of Fame and Honors Awards will be presented to recipients during the 2003 Congress and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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