Clarence has been an outstanding competitor, coach and administrator at all levels of the ski community: local, provincial, national and international. Two years after graduating from Augustana (then the Camrose Lutheran College), Clarence became Canada’s Junior Nordic Combined champion. He studied engineering in Seattle and Denver, earning U.S. accolades and a 2004 induction in the University of Denver’s Ski Hall of Fame.
Clarence competed for Canada at the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Winter Games. Afterwards, he coached Canada’s Nordic Ski Team and continued to compete internationally. Throughout a long career, his engineering skills and passion for skiing were combined in efforts to design or rebuild ski facilities across Canada.
Clarence was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 1984 and received Augustana’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001. At the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, Clarence was invited to light the Canmore Nordic Centre’s Olympic torch.
The mission of the Augustana Athletics Hall of Fame is to honour and recognize individuals and teams and their contributions to the university, community and the different sports they represent. The inaugural Wall of fame dinner was held September 8th at the Convocation Centre at the University of Alberta—Augustana Campus.
Honoured as an inaugural Augustana Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee in 2012.