Chummy Broomhall Photo

Chummy Broomhall

Born: Dec 3, 1919

Birthplace: Maine

Nationality: United States

Chummy Broomhall

Date of Birth : Dec 3, 1919
Birth Place : Maine

Wendall "Chummy" Broomhall is an American cross country skier who competed in the 1948 and 1952 Winter Olympics. He finished 65th in the 18 km event at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, and finished 57th in the same event at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo. He was a member of the United States Ski Team from 1947 to 1954. Broomhall was born in Mexico, Maine, and became a member of the Chisholm Ski Club in the 1930s. During World War II, he served in the 10th Mountain Division. Broomhall is the designer for the cross country trails for both the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, California and the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York, and also served as chief of competition both times. In 1960, Broomhall was the first to use mechanized equipment to groom the trails, a job previously performed by feet and handheld rakes. This was made necessary because of the icy conditions caused by afternoon sun melting the snow followed by cold nights. Broomhall has donated 300 acres of land to the Chisholm Ski Club, used to create skiing facilities in the Rumford area after returning from World War II.

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