Born in Leadville, Tom Malmgren is a 1967 graduate of Lake County High School. Tom quarterbacked the football team and was voted most representative boy in his class. While participating in Panther athletics, he earned varsity letters in cross country, football and track.Tom's most successful and notable sport was skiing.
With a ten second slide, he earned his first gold medal at the age of four. He would go on to represent the Rocky Mountain Division at three National Ski Championships. His junior year of high school Tom's second in slalom, sixth in downhill, and seventh in giant slalom earned him the unofficial title of National Junior Combined Champion.