On the last day of the 2014-15 Nordic racing season, the Chisholm Ski Club honored Herb Adams with the naming of the Start/Finish line in his honor. Here is the text of the presentation made by our announcer, Craig Zurhorst.
"We are here today to thank and honor a distinguished figure in Maine Skiing. This individual is one of the great ski coaches of our era and he is, above all, a gentleman, our friend and a great advocate for the sport in all its forms. Ladies and gentlemen, it is the great privilege of the Chisholm Ski Club to recognize our own Herbert L. Adams.
Herb grew up in Rumford as an all-around skier, then attended Gould Academy where he competed and won…a lot…culminating with his winning all 4 skiing events at the 1954 Maine State Championships, where he also was named State Ski Meister.
Herb received a scholarship to the University of New Hampshire for both skiing and baseball, was certified as a Class A ski jumper and was invited to the Olympic trials at Lake Placid. Herb didn’t earn a place on the team, but he was tapped to be ski coach at Lake Placid High School where he served from 1961 through 1964.
Herb returned to Rumford to coach skiing at Stephens Memorial High School where he set the team on fire. From 1965 to 1967 the Rumford ski team achieved a Third and a Second in the Maine State Championships and a Third, a Second and a First in the New England Championships.
Herb was named as Coach for the 1967 Eastern Junior Jumping Team, which travelled to Duluth, MN and won the team title at the Junior Nationals.
Herb’s successes continued from 1968 to 1971 with a Third, two Seconds and a First in the Maine High School Championships, along with two Seconds and a First in the New Englands
Names of skiers on Herb’s teams are legendary and include Scott Broomhall, Lee Buotte, Avery Caldwell, Billy Chenard, Greg Cunningham, Buddy Fisher, Dickie Giberson, Gary Giberson, Larry Gillis, Tom Grace, Roger Hamann, Major Lefebvre, Jack Lufkin and Frank Lutick, each of whom skied in the Junior Nationals, Junior Olympics or the Olympics. Many also went on to coach.
When Herb retired from teaching History and coaching, he volunteered, putting his skiing passion and expertise to work in hill and course preparation, stadium setup, starting, timing, and jump marking at events ranging from middle and high school races to the 1980 and 2002 Winter Olympics. As his friend Dan Warner wrote, Herb has said, '5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Go!' more often, and in more places, than anyone else we know. Deservedly, Herb was inducted into the Maine Ski Hall of Fame in 2009 for his contributions to the sport.
Herb, thank you for all you have done, all you are doing today, and all you will do in the future! You have earned this honor, and it is our great pleasure to confer this upon you!
So, in Herb’s own words, 'Ok everyone...Let's line up now!' …as we officially name this historic place The Herb Adams Start / Finish Line! …Now, all together… 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Go!"