Jonny Moseley not only won Olympic gold in moguls at the 1998 Winter Games, he pushed the bounds of skiing like few others in the sport’s history. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Tiburon, Moseley stood out from an early age on the famed slopes of Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Olympics. Although Moseley was already a World Cup Overall and Combined Freestyle Champion, he distinguished himself at age 22, when he used a progressive trick, the 360 mute grab, to earn the gold medal in moguls at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. The USOC honored Jonny by naming him “Sportsman of the Year”. Jonny went on to challenge the U.S. Ski Team to allow their athletes to compete in professional events such as the X Games, where in 1999 he earned a silver medal making him the first skier with Olympic and X Games medals. He went on to win the US Open in Slopestyle with a new trick that he called the dinner roll. He took the trick to the 2002 Olympic moguls course in Salt Lake City. The semi-inverted spinning maneuver failed to earn Moseley a medal but his run forever changed the sport of moguls. One year later the point value of the trick was increased and the top moguls skiers in the world were all performing similar tricks. Moseley went on to star in several ski movies, hosted Saturday Night Live and began a career in broadcasting and television hosting. He delivered the commencement address at University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and enrolled there the following year to finish his college degree. He graduated in 2006 and settled in Marin County to raise his family.
Inducted into the BAY AREA SPORTS HALL OF FAME – 2015
Narrative by Sylas Wright