PHIL & STEVE MAHRE – Skiing
During their acclaimed World Cup skiing careers, Phil and Steve traveled the world, earning recognition as two of the best skiers in the history of the sport. Together, the twins who learned to ski at White Pass (where their father was a manager at the ski resort), won 36 World Cup events, three World Championship medals, three Olympic medals, three overall World Cup titles, and numerous other honors and awards.
Phil skied at the 1976 Winter Olympics and ascended to the title of the world’s best all-around skier by winning the prestigious world cup title in 1981, 1982 and 1983. In 1984, Phil won gold at the Sarajevo Olympics in the slalom. Steve took the silver. Phil ended his career with 27 World Cup race victories. Steve finished with nine wins.
After retiring from international skiing competition in the spring of 1984, they continued to work in the ski industry, forming the Mahre Training Center, a ski clinic held exclusively at Deer Valley Resort in Utah, where people of all skiing abilities can learn from two of the best skiers in the world. They continue to work in promotional and developmental positions with ski industry suppliers, while also pursuing other interests. Although this kept them busy, their competitive desires were beckoning once again. With renewed enthusiasm, they joined the U.S. Pro Skiing Tour during the winter months and pursued their newfound passion for motorsports in the summer.
Although they no longer compete at the international level, winter months are spent in skiing circles, mentoring young ski racers, teaching their camps, or competing in made-for-TV events such as the Legends of Skiing at Vail, Colorado. These events feature Olympic and World Cup skiing greats from the past and present. Once a racer always a racer.
AHMAD RASHAD – Football
While Ahmad Rashad initially made his mark on the football field, the 1968 Mount Tahoma High School graduate has gone on to cover nearly every major sport in the broadcast booth.
Following the conclusion of his National Football League career, Rashad joined the NBC football broadcast team as a commentator in 1983. He went on to cover the NFL, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and Professional Golf Association. He has also served as studio host during three Olympic Games (1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta) and covered the Track & Field World Championships.
Rashad’s work has earned numerous Emmy nominations in various categories, including an Emmy win for his writing during the coverage of the Seoul Olympics. He has worked as a pregame host for the NFL, including Super Bowl coverage in the mid-1990s, and the NBA, including work in the All-Star Game, playoffs and NBA Finals. Beyond sports, he has hosted national television shows Real TV and Entertainment Tonight.
Born in Portland, Ore., Rashad (then known as Bobby Moore) attended Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School in the mid-1960s before moving on to the University of Oregon on a football scholarship. Rashad played both wide receiver and running back for the Ducks, earning All-America honors in 1971 before graduating and being picked fourth overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1972 NFL draft. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection in the NFL, compiling 495 receptions, 6,831 yards and 44 touchdowns while playing for the Cardinals, Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings.
In 1995, Rashad became the first former athlete to win the Pioneer Award, University of Oregon’s highest alumni honor, awarded to a person who has taken risks to claim a position of leadership through strong character. He has been heavily involved in community projects, working with Boys and Girls Clubs and creating an annual golf tournament to raise money for the White Plains Hospital Center, among numerous other charitable projects. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
Bob Schloredt – Football
Bob Schloredt is one of the University of Washington’s all-time great quarterbacks. He led the Huskies to back-to-back Rose Bowl victories in 1960 and 1961.
In 1959, Schloredt earned Associated Press first-team All-America honors as a quarterback while also leading the Huskies with six interceptions that season. He became the first University of Washington football player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, October 3, 1960.
Schloredt ran the option and was 15-2 as a starter, leading the team to victories in both the 1960 Rose Bowl and 1961 Rose Bowl games despite the fact that a firecracker accident at age 7 left him legally blind in his left eye.
Schloredt was awarded the 1959 W. J. Voit Memorial Trophy as the outstanding football player on the Pacific Coast. He named the Most Valuable Player of the 1960 and 1961 Rose Bowl games.
He was inducted into the College Footballl Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1991.
STAN SAYRES – Boat racing
Stan Sayres was an automobile dealership owner who moved to Seattle and started a powerboat company with his brother Tony and went on to set the world water speed record with his “Slo-mo-shun IV” boat. In 1950, Sayres set a new speed standard at 160.323 miles per hour. He later moved the record up to 178.49 until that was eclipsed in 1955.
Sayres, who was born in Dayton, Washington in 1896, died in 1956 of a heart attack. The Stan Sayres Memorial Park is the home base of Seattle’s Seafair races on Lake Washington.