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Skiing Pioneer Corey Engen Dies at 90

May 11, 2006

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Corey Engen, a ski-jumper and cross-country skier who was captain of the U.S. Olympic Nordic team in 1948, has died. He was 90.

Engen died Tuesday in his sleep of complications from pneumonia at a nursing home in Provo, said his granddaughter, Deborah Engen Snyder of Louisville, Colo.

Engen followed his two older brothers from Norway to Utah in 1933, arriving with their then-widowed mother. The three brothers helped popularize skiing in Idaho and Utah.

Corey Engen taught skiing in the early years of Sun Valley Resort in Ketchum, Idaho, and in 1961 helped develop and manage Brundage Mountain Ski Area in McCall, Idaho. He also taught skiing at Snowbasin ski area near Ogden, Utah, where he coached the Weber State ski team.

He didn’t win any Olympic medals, but collected 22 gold medals in national competitions. He was inducted into the U.S. National Ski Association Hall of Fame, in 1973.

His older brothers died before him, also in Utah.

Alf M. Engen, a one-time U.S. Ski Team coach who ran Alta’s ski school from 1948-88, died in 1997 at age 88, said Connie Nelson, executive director of the Alf Engen Ski Museum in Park City.

Sverre Engen, another Snowbasin ski instructor who also coached the Weber State team, died in 2001 at age 90, she said.

Corey Engen married Norma Bleak in 1938; she died in 2002. They are survived by a daughter, Carol Beus, and a son, David.

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