Zenda’s Harry “Buddy” Melges Jr., a two-time Olympic medal winner in
sailing, is one of six sports figures who will be inducted into the Wisconsin
Athletic Hall of Fame tonight.
Melges won an Olympic gold medal in 1972 and bronze in 1964. He was a
two-time Star world champion (1978, 1979), a three-time 5.5 Meter World Champion (1967, 1973, 1983), a five-time E-Scow National Champion (1965, 1969, 1978, 1979, 1983), a seven-time Skeeter Ice Boat World Champion (1955, 1957, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1980, 1981) and a three-time Yachtsman of the Year.
To cap off his competitive career, he helped steer America3 to a successful defense of the America’s Cup in 1992.
A well-deserved honor for an innovator and Sportsman. The man could commit poetry at the helm of a Skeeter.
Others being inducted are Dick Bennett, Mike Webster, Cecil Cooper, Sen. Herb Kohl and sportsman Fred Miller.