Kindem was the ski coach at North High School, where he coached a ski
team that won the City high school championship his first year and every
year thereafter for the next nine years. When he left North to
transfer to Roosevelt, his North High teams had established a dual meet
record of 69 - 0.
Minneapolis Jr. Ski Club
members, Clyde Brodt, Jim Bajari, and Mike Hartig, skied on the team
that won the Minnesota State Championship in 1960. North won the
Cross-Country team titles in 1964 and 1965, also with Minneapolis Jr.
Ski Club members.
In 1971, he started the first
high school girls' ski team in the State of Minnesota at Roosevelt
High. There were 75 girls' teams in five years. Lars testified as an
expert witness in Miles Lord's Federal Court in support of Jr. club
member Toni St. Pierre's lawsuit to have the right to ski competitively
for the Hopkins High School Ski Team..
Lars submitted a bid at the
USSA Convention for the Mpls. Ski Club and North Star Ski Touring Club
to host the 1973 Nordic Nationals after Norm Oakvik and Bob Gray laid
out a trail system at Bush Lake and the Hyland Lake Park Reserve. As
race time approached, there was no snow. Lars appeared on The Boone &
Erickson WCCO radio show to plead for area residents to assist in
hauling snow to cover the trail system. It worked. At those nationals
he also provided for the first doping tests done in skiing events in
America. For his role as Chief of Race, Lars received the USSA's
highest award for race organization in the United States that year.
He organized the first night
ski race. The U.S. and Canada raced at Wirth Park with light provided by
87 Coleman Lanterns on bamboo poles held in place by people.
Lars became an F.I.S.
Technical Delegate in 1973, the same year that he served as TD for the
American Birkebeiner, a job he performed another seven times. He was TD
for the Jr. Nordic Nationals at Steamboat, the Sr. Nationals at
Anchorage, the 1976 Olympic Tryouts at Telemark, and America's first
World Cup at Telemark. He was Starter at the World Cup Nordic Combined
at Giant's Ridge, also Chief of Timekeeping for the 1988 Olympic Tryouts
at Giant's Ridge, the Biathlon Nationals and World Championships at Lake
In 1976, he organized the
"Ski For Light" international race for blind skiers, with the the
Minnesota Vikings Front Four "Purple People Eaters" also participating
as guides for blind skiers.
Lars was one of five that
assisted in planning the facilities for nordic events at the 1980 Lake
Placid Olympics. He designed the scoreboard and timing building for the
Cross-Country stadium. He traveled to Lahti, Finland, with a study
group to prepare for the Olympic Games where he served as Chief of
Stadium and Chief of Timekeeping.
He held positions on USSA
committees such as Cross-Country, Nordic competition, and eventually
became USSA Vice President for Nordic skiing. At the same time, he was
President of the Central Division. Later he was elected to the Board of
Directors of the USSA and the U.S. Ski Team; a Trustee of the U.S. Ski
Educational Foundation, and member of the U.S. Olympic Ski Games
Organizing fair races and
providing accurate timekeeping were his first priority.