MARQUETTE—Donn Atanasoff, adult league ski racer and West Iron County High School ski coach, finished his own racing season in style recently.
Atanasoff took home the gold by winning top honors in his age group (50-59) during the annual Dan Hornbogen Memorial Ski Race March 3 at Marquette Mountain. The race attracts racers of various age groups from around the Midwest.
It includes four events: downhill, super G, giant slalom and slalom. Each competitor’s place in each of the races is added together to determine the best scores: The top three finishers win medals.
Atanasoff finished fifth overall in the three-quarter-mile downhill and ninth in super G—in a field that included racers in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Years ago, in high school, he raced against Marquette’s Dan Hornbogen, who was later killed in a car accident—the race originally was a family benefit.
Today, proceeds from the Hornbogen race go into a Northern Michigan University scholarship fund in memory of Francine Malindzak, an All-American and national champion alpine ski racer who met an untimely death in Florence County a few years ago.