John Morton (1968)
John Morton (1968)
Nordic Skiing, Track and Field
Inducted 2018

John Morton, a member of the Class of 1968, was a standout Nordic skier at Middlebury, who went on to become a world-class biathlete and ski-trail designer. As a Panther, he was the EISA Champion as a sophomore. During his senior year, he finished first in every carnival cross-country event, again winning the EISA Championship at Middlebury. At the 1968 NCAA Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Morton placed second overall.

He was a member of the U.S. Biathlon Team from 1968–1976, winning a U.S. National Championship in 1974 and in 1976. Morton was a member of U.S. Olympic Biathlon Teams in 1972 in Sapporo, Japan, and in 1976 in Innsbruck, Austria. He also competed for the U.S. at six Biathlon World Championships. Morton was a member of the U.S. Cross-Country Ski Team from 1973–75, and raced on the winning relay team at the 1976 North American Championships. Later in his career, he was a successful master’s cross-country competitor, winning his age group in the 1990 U.S. National 50K race, and finishing in the top 10 twice at the Masters World Championships in Sweden.

Morton is the designer of over 225 trail projects across the United States and abroad, including competition venues for major international events such as the World University Games and Biathlon World Cups.