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This is what kids were doing back in the late 1940s if they lived near a ski jump and had big dreams of flying! This 20th Century Fox newsreel footage was filmed in Iron Mountain, Michigan, and one of the featured jumpers is 2009 ASJ HOF inductee Willie Erickson, at age 11 (he’s the one who identified the year for us!). Those old enough to remember newsreels at the movies will possibly recognize the voice of the narrator, Mel Allen, famed voice of the New York Yankees. The equipment has changed, the facilities look much different today, but ski jumpers start young, on small hills, just like they did back then.  Your webmaster, and many of the folks involved with the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame, will remember scenes just like these.  Younger athletes will have different pictures in their heads, but they will all remember one thing they have in common ... experiencing the thrill of flight and always wanting more! Learning to Ski Jump in 1949 ... 20th Century Fox Movie Newsreel Footage! Who we are, background, mission, contact info Announcements, upcoming events, news, articles Info and images from our museum Inductees to the ASJ Hall of Fame, by year Museums, collections, books, links to history resources Links to topics of current interest in US ski jumping Membership form ... please join us and support this effort! SkiJumpingUSA.com Women’s Ski Jumping USA     USA Nordic   Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined US Ski Team Nordic Sports click logos to visit websites    National Ski Hall of Fame          Ishptming MI  Skiing Heritage Magazine       International Skiing       History Association
 SkiJumpEast.com Find us on 2016 HOF Induction Highlights, Aug 6             Videos from ceremony have been published ... scroll down!   Here are the names of the 2016 inductees into the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame.  They are:  Bernie Dion, Nita Englund, Ron Jacobson, Bruce Jennings, Lenny Johnson, Doug Maki, Will Rhoads, Nils Stolzlechner, Blair Tomten, Dana Zelenakas & Jon Denney. Prior to the banquet & induction ceremony, held at the Mt Frontenac golf course south of Red Wing MN, more than 100 attendees were taken in a fleet of golf carts to the site of a new Olympic-sized ski jump which will be located on the golf course property, formerly a downhill ski area.  It is a spectacular location, overlooking the hilly terrain along the Mississippi River.  It was a beautiful evening, and a great way to start the festivities.  > > > > >  Click photo to enlarge   (Andre Denney photo) Bryan Sanders, 1992 Olympian and president of the American Ski Jumping HOF was the MC.  Featured speakers included Billy Demong, Olympic Gold Medalist in 2010, recently named Executive Director of USA Nordic, and Dave Solner, internationally-recognized architect, new owner of the Buck Hill ski area south of Minneapolis, and a former jumper.  Billy spoke about his role in helping USA Nordic grow the sport in the USA, and Dave showed the plans for the spectacular new jump to be built at Mt Frontenac.  See videos below: VIDEOS FROM INDUCTION CEREMONY    (credits to Susan and Andre Denney) OPENING REMARKS INDUCTEES PRESENT FOR CEREMONY      (in order of presentation) Welcome - Bryan Sanders    Lenny Johnson      Dana Zelenakas      Jon Denney Keynote - Billy Demong Ron Jacobson      Bruce Jennings      Nils Stolzlechner New Jump - Dave Solner Bernie Dion      Doug Maki      Nita Englund HOF Intro - Wally Wakefield (accepted by dad) INDUCTEES NOT PRESENT Blair Tomten      Will Rhoads Olympic-Sized Ski Jump to be Built Near Red Wing Conceptual drawing of the new jump to be built at Mt Frontenac.  The project will be developed in conjunction with the Prairie Island tribe, which owns the golf course and the nearby Treasure Island Casino.  Tribal officials attended the US large-hill National Championships in Park City in late July, and are enthused about this project, and about bringing this sport back to the site of its American roots. click photo at left to enlarge conceptual view ABOUT OUR LOCATION:  RED WING and the ST JAMES HOTEL The American Ski Jumping museum is located on the mezzanine level of the St James Hotel.  Red Wing is a beautiful town any time of year, nestled below a huge bluff on the Mississippi River.  If you can make it for the induction ceremony, or at any other time, please visit the museum in the hotel, and take some time to explore this beautiful city. In the year 1887, the sport of ski jumping was in its infancy in the USA.  Norwegian immigrants had brought this sport with them to America, and it caught on in a number of communities with significant Scandinavian populations, and with hills conducive to this exciting sport.  While there’s some disagreement as to where the first actual competition was held, Red Wing was the scene of a tournament won by Mikkel Hemmestvedt, who flew the great distance of ... 37 feet. The sport thrived in communities large and small, but the number of jumpers dwindled when recreational skiing became popular in the 1950s, and other winter sports also gained in numbers of participants.  Still, ski jumping has continued to thrive in a number communities scattered throughout “snow country” in America. HOW DOES THIS DIFFER FROM THE NATIONAL SKI HALL OF FAME IN ISHPEMING? While a number of jumpers from the first half of the 20th century are enshrined at the National Ski Hall of Fame in Ishpeming MI, a number of older folks with significant background in the sport of ski jumping realized that it was time to establish a way to keep names and memories alive, covering the specific history of ski jumping and Nordic Combined in the USA.  The decision was made early on to automatically induct Olympians and National Champions, so the HOF would be relevant to those who know current and recent athletes, but who wouldn’t know older names and faces.  The nomination process provides for other names to be submitted. We hope you’ll explore our website, and consider membership!  It’s inexpensive, and important not only to help the organization raise funds, but to give people a sense of ownership and affiliation with this wonderful sport! Conceptual Drawing, New Jump at Frontenac Future Takeoff site