Corey Engen: Mormon Athlete
Kaare “Corey” Engen was a Norwegian ski jumper and cross-country skier who immigrated to Utah in 1933 with his widowed mother. He became captain of the US Olympic Nordic team in 1948 and competed in the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland. He did not win any Olympic Medals, but won twenty-two gold medals in national competitions.
In addition to competitive skiing, he taught at the Sun Valley Resort in Ketchum, Idaho, and helped develop and manage the Brundage Mountain Ski area in McCall, Idaho. He also taught skiing at Showbasin ski resort and coached the Weber State College ski team. He was inducted into the US National Ski Association Hall of Fame in 1973.
Engen was born on March 30, 1916, in Mjondalen, Norway. He and his wife, Norma, were the parents of two children. She died in 2002. He died on May 9, 2006. His brothers Alf M. Engen and Sverre Engen were also alpine skiers and ski coaches who were inducted into the National Ski Association Hall of Fame. The three brothers pioneered and popularized alpine skiing in Utah and Idaho.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.