John Bower was born in Lewiston, Maine on November 8, 1941. He was skiing at the age of two with his parents and grandparents at Brann Hill in Auburn and at the Tuckerman Ravine headwall in New Hampshire at age 10. His first blue ribbon for jumping thirty-nine feet one inch came during an Auburn Winter Carnival in 1949. He was a member of the Edward Little High School Ski Team for four years. In 1959 he was first in all four events he entered for a perfect score of 400 points. Many other interscholastic honors. He was a member of the Middlebury College Ski Team for four years. His established records in Nordic and Nordic Combined all over the world are endless. He coached the U.S. National Nordic Combined Team in 1969 and 1970. He made Program Director of the U.S. Nordic Ski Team in 1975 which produced the first cross country Olympic medal ever won by the United States at the 1976 games in Innsbruck, Austria - a silver medal to Bill Koch.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 2
Cumberland, ME 04021
Phone (207) 807-7666
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.