Colorado Springs, Colo. - U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Jim Scherr, the first Olympic athlete to lead the USOC, is one of six individuals and one team announced Wednesday as the 2008 Class of the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame.
Scherr was a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team in Freestyle Wrestling and won two silver medals and a bronze at the World Championships. He earned three USA National Championships and two World Cup titles. He finished fifth at the Seoul Games. Scherr wrestled for the University of Nebraska, his alma mater, and won an NCAA title at 177 pounds in 1984.
Before joining the USOC, Scherr was Executive Director of Colorado Springs-based USA Wrestling and is past president of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.
The Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2008 includes athletes and a team that have attained huge success, established records, won championships, and enjoyed professional achievement as part of the city's rich sports traditions.
The 2008 class, announced Wednesday at the Olympic Training Center, includes ESPN College Football GameDay host Chris Fowler, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb legend Leonard Vahsholtz, former Colorado College football coach Jerry Carle, University of Colorado basketball star Erin Scholz, renowned ice hockey administrator and internationally respected sport leader Art Berglund, and the 1965 state prep baseball champions from Colorado Springs' Palmer High School.
"To be honored by the city in which you live in is special," said Scherr, originally from Mobridge, S.D. . "I've been in Colorado Springs as an athlete, administrator and city resident for almost three decades. It is a special place and I'm honored to be a part of this group that has represented this city in many incredible ways."
The Class of 2008 will enter the Hall of Fame officially on Tuesday, October 28, at the Colorado Springs World Arena as the ninth class of inductees.
"The Colorado Springs Sports Corporation is honored to present this special Hall of Fame Class for induction," said Sports Corp Hall of Fame section committee chairman Ralph Routon. "It includes our cherished Olympic family, high school and college sports, professional leadership, and the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb."