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Kay Jones among 4 inducted into USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame

From left: Dave Jones III, Maura Jones, Kathryn Jones-McQuillan, Barbara Benware, Genevieve Benware, Margaret Jones, Dave Jones, and Linda Jones in the Mountain Lodge.

Lake Placid, NY – In front of family members and many friends, Lake Placid’s Kay Jones, bobsled photographer from the 1960s into the 1980s, was inducted posthumously Saturday evening, March 23,  into the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame.

Three generations of the Jones family were in attendance celebrating their mother’s and grandmother’s induction. During the ceremony, held in the new Mountain Lodge at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, attendees heard interviews of Jones with ABC Television’s Jim McKay and Curt Gowdy, conducted during the 1980 Winter Olympics. Jones was hired by the Associated Press to photograph the Olympic competitions.

Kay was nicknamed Mrs. Zag for her famous images of national and international bobsled teams going through the notorious Zig Zag curves on the original Lake Placid track.

Also becoming members of the prestigious hall was the two-man bobsled team of Gilbert Colgate, Jr., of New York City, descendant of the founding family of the Colgate-Palmolive company, and Richard Lawrence of West Chazy.

Colgate, Jr. and Lawrence, also inducted posthumously, won the 1936 Olympic bronze medal. They also took the 1934 North American bobsled title.

The fourth new member, David Kurtz, a Pennsylvania attorney, was in attendance to receive his honor. Kurtz was a World Cup skeleton athlete, captained two U.S. Olympic bobsled teams, and later became an official with the IBSF (International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation). He was instrumental in skeleton racing re-entering the Olympic program in 2002.

Key sponsors participated in the festivities, including the Dew Drop Inn. A longtime gathering spot for Adirondack bobsledders in Saranac Lake, the Dew Drop Inn provided pizza hors d’oeuvres.

Adirondack Life magazine supported the induction by publishing the seminal retrospective on the bobsled sport as integral to the culture of the region.

A reception at Zig Zag’s Pub in Lake Placid, supported by Bushmills Irish Whiskey, followed the ceremony in honor of Jones. The establishment has all of her famous photos adorning its walls.

The Hall of Fame event was part of the BMW IBSF World Cup bobsled and skeleton season finals held on the Lake Placid chute last weekend.

Photo at top: From left: Dave Jones III, Maura Jones, Kathryn Jones-McQuillan, Barbara Benware, Genevieve Benware, Margaret Jones, Dave Jones, and Linda Jones in the Mountain Lodge. Provided photo.

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