A tribute to Mike Gallagher by Peter Graves

11 November 2013 08:05
Mike Gallagher and Bill Koch
Mike Gallagher and Bill Koch -

By Peter Graves

The word of Mike Gallagher's passing has left a large hole in many hearts both in this country (USA) and abroad. Gallagher was an inspiration to many in the sport of cross-country skiing for decades and was known widely in the sport

As an xc ski racer he made three Olympic teams and three FIS World Championship Ski teams, and racked up an impressive nine US National titles. His most cherished result was placing 19th at the Holmenkollen 50km classic in 1968.

Gallagher went on to serve as Head Coach for the US Ski Team from 1980-1986, years during which it was an international power.

Michael D. Gallagher, 72, of Pittsfield, Vermont passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at his home. He was born on October 3, 1941 in Yonkers, NY, he was raised in Rutland, Vermont. He attended Colorado University in Boulder on an athletic scholarship for several years, and arranged to train with the Norwegian team in 1964 for the Olympics.

Peter Graves was a long time friend of Mike Gallagher and fellow Vermonter. He is a long time announcer and writer of all things Nordic. The Games in Sochi will mark his ninth time working at an Olympics.