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Texaco Press Release - Olympian Greg Windsperger Wins Distinguished Award

1976 Olympian Named Midwest Regional Finalist for Texaco Star Award

The following Press Release was issued by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.


CHICAGO, Oct. 16 - Olympic ski jumper Coach Greg Windsperger (Shoreview, MN), was announced as the Midwest regional finalist for the Texaco Star Award today. The award, created in 1999, honors the contributions of U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team alumni to their communities. Windsperger was presented a $2,500 check to the charity of his choice during the annual Chicago Ski & Snowboard Ball, one of the premier fundraising events for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation, on October 20 at The Standard Club.

Five regional winners will receive a $2,500 check for their favorite charity at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Balls - from the East (Oct. 13 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston), Midwest (Oct. 20 in Chicago), West Coast (Oct. 27 in San Francisco), Rocky Mountains (Nov. 1 in Denver) and Intermountain (Nov. 3 in Park City, Utah). A $10,000 check will be presented in the name of the national winner to their favorite charity at the New York Ski and Snowboard Ball, on November 6, 2000.

"Greg was a clear choice to receive this award based on his long-term dedication to enriching the lives of the youngsters within his community," said Polly Rua, Sr. Manager of Sponsorships for Texaco. "This award symbolizes Texaco's commitment to recognize our responsibilities to the communities around the world in which we do business. Greg demonstrates this same commitment by his actions and dedication."

Windsperger, who grew up in Minneapolis, was a member of the 1974 World Championships Team and 1976 Olympic Team; he began coaching while a student at Northern Michigan and ski jumping was still a varsity sport; his NMU team won the 1980 NCAA jumping title. He served as U.S. jumping head coach for eight seasons before retiring after the 1988 Olympic season, but he already had begun volunteer coaching in community programs during the off-season.

In more than a decade of community coaching and serving as an official at various levels, Windsperger has coached soccer, baseball, basketball in various programs and even floor hockey at a YMCA in the Twin Cities.

"I've always said, 'Whatever you tell me' and then I've done whatever had to be done. Sometimes it was coaching, sometimes it was something else. Coaching and working with kids is such fun and I'm lucky I've been able to do it, not just for my kids but all of them," Windsperger said. He and his wife Mary have a teenage son and daughter; Windsperger said his $2,500 check would go to the Risen Christ Stars, an athletic program affiliated with St. Olaf's Church in Minneapolis.

The first national Texaco Star Award winner was Jimmie Heuga, the 1964 Olympic medal-winner who - after finding he had multiple sclerosis - founded the Jimmie Heuga Center in Vail, Colo., which focuses on a person's wellness and encourages them to lead healthy, active lives.

Updated: October 2000