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Learning to Ski Jump in 1947 ... 20th Century Fox Movie Newsreel Footage!
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!
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Two ASJ HOF Inductees Passed Away in December Jim Brennan (class of 2009) and Randy Garretson (class of 2013) We learned of their loss only recently; if we can obtain links to their obituaries, we will post that information. Looking Forward to 2021 - Getting Back to Normal 2021 HOF Nominations Due by June 01 details TBA 2021 HOF Banquet Planned for Aug 14 invitation to be posted soon 2020 ASJ Hall of Fame Inductees Announced The 2020 ASJ HOF induction event planned for Saturday Aug 15 has been cancelled, along with the afternoon golf outing. Below are the names of those selected as the Class of 2020. They will be included in the next official induction ceremony; they’re also listed on our HOF page. Tom (Corky) Denisson long-time competitor Ken Harkins US Ski Team, FIS team Don Hurst dominant Veteran’s Class competitor, coach, official Dave Lundmark US Ski Team Frederick (Fritz) Mittelstadt long-time judge, USSA & FIS official We’re Offering FREE Memberships, and You’re Invited! We’re creating a community to preserve the history and heritage of our sport We’re reaching out to individuals to invite them to join us in support of our mission; it’s FREE. Please go to our Membership page (click link at right end of navigation bar, above). It’ll explain what we need from you, what you can expect from us, and it provides an e-mail adddress for you to drop us a note. We’ll be happy to welcome you! 2019 ASJ HOF Induction Held in Red Wing Aug 12 Five inductees were honored last year … Last year’s inductees included Roger Dion, Walter Mattson, Vern Powers, Peter Robes, and Art Tokle, Jr. They’re listed on our HOF page; bios are linked to inductee names. _______________________________________________ US Olympic Ski Jumpers 1924 - 2018 (click column title to sort)
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Ski Jumping Trivia: Early North American Records As often happens when you get a bunch of old ski jumpers together, a discussion took place during our 2018 Hall of Fame weekend. It was about early world records for distance, and the fact that a few of them had been set in the United States. Here’s a quick summary, and we’ll provide more on this at a later date. The first reported US distance record was set in Red Wing in 1887 by Mikkel Hemmestvedt, a Norwegian immigrant. He flew 37 feet. The existing world record had been set in Norway the previous year at 85 feet. Hemmestvedt set a new world record in 1891, soaring 102 feet in Red Wing. His brother Torjus topped that by flying 103 feet 1893, the second consecutive world record set in Red Wing. The world record was broken six more times until it reached 135 feet, set in Norway by Nils Gjestvang in 1902 (and that’s where it stood when the Wright Brothers made the first airplane flight of 120 feet in 1903). The record returned to the US midwest in 1909, this time at Chippewa Falls WI, when Oscar Gunderson flew 138 feet. That record was short- lived as records of 141 (Italy) & 148 (Switzerland) were set same year. It would return to the USA in 1911, when Anders Haugen flew 152 feet in Ironwood MI. Norway reclaimed the record in 1912, but in 1913 it was broken twice on the same day, again in Ironwood, by Ragnar Omtvedt, who sailed 158 and 169 feet. After the record was broken again in 1913 in Norway, and 1915 in Switzerland, Omtvedt brought it back to the USA with a distance of 192 feet at Steamboat Springs CO in 1916. Henry Hall then set new world records of 203 feet (1917) and 214 feet (1918) at Steamboat. The record remained in the USA for the next two years, broken by Haugen both times, but at Dillon CO, with distances of 213 feet (1919) and 214 feet (1920) . Hall would go on in 1921 to set a new record in Revelstoke BC, Canada, at 229 feet, ending quite a string of world records set in the US. Revelstoke would be the site of several more world records, the last of which was set in 1933 at a distance of 287 feet. That was the last world distance record to be set in North America. Want to know more about distance records, and see photos of ski jumping in bygone years, see Other Resources page via link in top navigation bar.
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About American Ski Jumping HOF & Museum
Mission Statement This website is devoted to the rich heritage of the sport of ski jumping in the USA, beginning with the first recorded tournament in 1887 at Red Wing MN and continuing through the present and into the future. It incorporates the online American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame. Scroll down the page a bit for background on this organization and website. Contact Us Board of Directors & Executive Committee For information about this organization Scott Smith, President, Acting Treasurer or website, please contact: Jim Grahek Scott McGuire Scott Smith, President Greg Swor sds63@sbcglobal.net Greg Windsperger Ken Anderson, Webmaster webmaster@skijumpingusa.com About Our Location: Red Wing MN 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. The St James is at 406 Main St; if museum’s locked, ask for key at front desk. 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 MI? 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! See our Membership page … Background ... How We Came To Be In late 2005, informal discussions began among a number of former ski jumpers in Minnesota. The impetus came from a desire on the part of several remaining members of the Aurora Ski Club of Red Wing, which disbanded in the 1950s, but which was one of the most important of the early clubs. There was a desire on their part to have some sort of recognition of their city as the birthplace of American ski jumping. One of the key members of this founding group was Jerry Borgen, who had been the last active jumper in the Aurora Ski Club. Members of the St Paul Ski Club, which was founded in 1885 and is still operating, concurred with this designation, although in fact, records show that St Paul had held a tournament two weeks earlier. For many years, the 37 foot flight of Norwegian immigrant Mikkel Hemmestvedt in Red Wing has been published as the first American distance record. As a result of the deliberations of this group, The City of Red Wing was authorized to issue a proclamation in May 2006, recognizing their community as the "birthplace of American ski jumping." Inevitably, discussion of lasting recognition for ski jumpers crept into our conversations. While a number of jumpers have been enshrined in the National Ski Hall of Fame, the decline of numbers of US jumpers over the past fifty years, along with the growth of recreational skiing and snowboarding, makes the future recognition of jumpers by NSHF seem less likely. There have been some outstanding jumpers in the recent past, as well as the present. This includes both male and female athletes. These accomplished athletes, and those in future years, should know that their achievements will be recognized and remembered in a Hall of Fame dedicated to the discipline of ski jumping. The general consensus among those who had attended meetings, or who have had individual discussions about the possibility of establishing a HOF for jumpers, led us to explore how this might be done. While the folks from Red Wing have concentrated on developing a permanent physical display including hall of fame pictures, biographies, and artifacts, all seemed to agree that the HOF should be virtual ... i.e. web-based, and not confined to any specific location. A committee was established to develop guidelines for nomination and selection, and that committee continues to perform and refine the process. On Feb 2, 2007, a 24-page insert appeared in the Red Wing Republican-Eagle, containing historic pictures and articles about ski jumping in Red Wing. We want to recognize Jerry Borgen and Fred Johnson of Friends of American Ski Jumping, along with Annie Stumpf and Kayla Staub of the Republican-Eagle for doing a terrific job on this impressive insert! Click here to view a 2.8MB pdf file showing all 24 pages of the insert. One of the continuing concerns among those who have been involved in our discussions has been to identify museums and private collections related to the sport of ski jumping. This would include such institutions as the National Ski Hall of Fame (Ishpeming MI) and the Engen Museum (Utah Olympic Park, Park City UT), the clubhouse collections at such places as the St Paul Ski Club and the Norge Ski Club (Fox River Grove IL), and individual collections and mini-museums. A list of museums and collections can be found via a tab at the top of the “Other Resources” page. We have created a submission form for information regarding museums and collections, but we will NOT publish information about private collections, or contact information about them, without the express consent of the individual collector. You can find out about these resources by visiting the "Museums, etc." page via a link at the top of this page. Please visit this site regularly; it will be our primary means of communicating to people interested in the sport of ski jumping - past, present, and future - throughout the United States. We invite you to join us as a member. Click the Membership link in the navigation bar above. Our immediate goal is to identify and engage as many people as we can who are interested in the preservation of the history and heritage of ski jumping … so we’re offering FREE memberships!
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Bryan & Jerry
Group photo - 2
Suzanne & Gary
Bryan at podium
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Timo at attention
Bryan’s parents
Jerry at podium
Jerry & Bryan
Viewing display - 7
Bryan, Patty Brown, Jerry
Ribbon Cutting
Special Induction - Jerry Borgen A special mid-year Hall of Fame induction was one of the highlights of our Grand Opening. Jerry Borgen, who was one of the founders of the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame, was inducted as a member of the HOF. Jerry was the last active member of Red Wing’s Aurora Ski Club, has been involved in the development of the American Ski Jumping organization, the HOF, and the museum. and has served as its president. He’s in several of the photos at left, but the most important is at top left, where he’s being congratulated on his induction by Bryan Sanders, 1992 Olympian.
American Ski Jumping HOF & Museum Grand Opening Jan 25, 2014 Public welcomed to expanded display area at the historic St James Hotel, Red Wing MN The American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated its Grand Opening on January 25. The display area is housed on the second floor of the elegant and historic St James Hotel in Red Wing MN, “The Birthplace of American Ski Jumping.” It now occupies a much larger space, and will feature a much more extensive display of the history of this spectacular sport in this country, from the time It was introduced by Norwegian immigrants in the 1880s to the present day. Video clip from Kare11, Minneapolis The first documented ski jumping competition in America was held in Red Wing in 1887, and history continues to be made. Just a few weeks after our grand opening, women competed in the Olympics for the first time. Doors opened at 3:00 on Saturday. The award-winning documentary “Ready to Fly,” the story of the long battle for recognition and inclusion of female jumpers at the highest level of the sport, was shown at 4:00, followed by a dinner and program.
Have a Look Around Our Museum at the St James Hotel in Red Wing MN Click any of the thumbnails at right, then use your cursor to point at any part of the large picture at left; it will ZOOM to a much enlarged image which will appear over the thumbnails; you can then move cursor around to enlarge any part of the photo.
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The photos below show some of our exhibit features. Lower gallery added summer 2014.
Front of St James
Model in glass case
Close-up of model
Alfred Grondahl’s 1905 Aurora Uniform
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Outside display area
Viewing displays
Viewing displays
Albertville 1992
Aurora Ski Club
Wall displays
Table display
Scenes From the Display Areas ... Photos Added August 2014 Double-click any of the thumbnails at right, then use your cursor to zoom in on any part of the large picture at left; it will ZOOM to a much enlarged image which will appear over the thumbnails; you can then move around to zoom in on any part of the photo.
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The Selection Committee has approved the following individuals for induction into the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame. Links added as bio notes are completed ... if name is underlined, click to read bio (PDF format). There’s a link to our NOMINATION FORM in lower part of this page; can also be used to submit MISSING BIO INFO. We’ve added “website” links to inductees who have their own web pages.We’ll also be adding “ext” links for extended bio info provided by inductee, family, or friends. Find name and year of induction in alphabetical list on left side of page, then look for that name in the corresponding induction class on right side of page. If you have questions about supplying missing bio info, write to webmaster “at” skijumpingusa.com.
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Class of 2008 Alan Alborn Harris F Andersen Landis Arnold Magnus Bakke Bill Bakke Arthur "Red" Barth Scott Berry Greg Boester John Bower Burton Boyum David Bradley Ed Brisson Casey Colby Jeff Davis Jim Denney Jimmy Denney Jon Denney Brendan Doran Jimmy Ellingson Pedar Falstad Ole Feiring Jim Grahek Harold Grinden Tom Harrington Jeff Hastings Chris Hastings Hjalmar Hvam Jim Holland Michael Holland Robert Holme Anders Johnson Clint Jones Terry Kern Mike Keuler Mark Konopacke Roger Langley Tad Langlois Harry Lien Jim Maki Jay Martin Jerry Martin Walter Malmquist Lawrence Maurin Dennis McGrane C Alison Merrill Rick Mewborn Chris McNeill Joe Nowak Sigurd Overby Charles Proctor Jay Rand Jon St Andre Ansten Samuelstuen Bryan Sanders Tommy Schwall Roy Sherwood John Steele Ron Steele Kurt Stein Greg Swor Kip Sundgaard Carl Tellefson Olaf Ulland Adrian Watt Randy Weber Robert "Butch" Wedin Keith Wegeman Brian Welch Greg Windsperger Reed Zuehlke
Class of 2012 Ingvar "Ole" Arneson Sr John Broman Marvin Crawford Tom Dargay Jeff Denney Jon Elliot Erling Heistad James "Jim" House Francis Kempe Glenn Kotlarek Wesley K. Neustel Zane Palmer Steve Reischl Kris Severson Crosby Perry-Smith Scott Smith Gary Sparpana Don West obit
Class of 2013 Harold “Cork” Anson Rex Bell Charlie Benzie David “Jerry” Borgen Randall W Garretson Fred Harris Sarah Hendrickson Paulie Johnson John R. Lyons Michael O’Hara Lynch Alan Sargent James Elwood Ramfjord Charlie Supercynski Conrad Thompson Kenneth A. Tokle Dave Tomten William C. Trudgeon Jeff Wright
Alphabetical List of Alborn, Alan -08 Alexander, Nick -10 Altobelli-Seda, Therese -09 Andersen, Harris F -08 Anderson, Ken -11 Anderson, Reidar -07 Anson, Harold "Cork" -13 Arneson, Ingvar "Ole" -12 Arneson, Korey -18 Arnold, Landis -08 Bakke, Bill -08 Bakke, Hermod -07 Bakke, Magnus -08 Balfanz, John -07 Barber, Merrill "Mezzy" -07 Barth, Arthur "Red" -08 Batson, LeMoine -07 Bednarz, John -14 Bell, Rex -13 Benzie, Charlie -13 Berry, Scott -08 Bickner, Kevin -18 Bietila, Paul -07 Bietila, Ralph -07 Bietila, Walter -07 Bland, Phillips "PT, Doc" -11 Boester, Greg -08 Borgen, David “Jerry” -13 Bower, John -08 Boyum, Burton -08 Bradley, David -08 Brennan, James -09 Brisson, Ed -08 Broman, John -12 Buckli, Ron -09 Colby, Casey -08 Corradini, Deedee -11 Crawford, Marvin -12 Dargay, Tom -12 Davis, Jeff -08 Demong, Billy -10 Denisson, Tim -11 Denisson, Tom (Corky) -20 Denney, Jeff -12 Denney, Jim -08 Denney, Jimmy -08 Denney, Jon -08 Devecka, Mike -11 Devlin, Art -07 Dion, Bernie -16 Dion, Doug -18 Dion, Ernie -18 Dion, Roger -19 Doran, Brendan -08 DuRose, Stan -10 Ek, Carl -14 Ellingson, Jimmy -08 Elliot, Jon -12 Elvrum, John -07 Engen, Alf -07 Engen, Corey -07 Engen, Sverre -07 Englund, Nita -16 Erickson, E O "Buck" -10 Erickson, Willie -09 Evenson, John -09 Fairall, Nick -15 Falstad, Pedar -08’ Farrell, Ronda Thomas -15 Feiring, Ole -08 Fredheim, Sverre -07 Frenette, Peter -10 Friberg, Christian -15 Garretson, Randall W -13 Glasder, Michael -18 Graves, Dorothy -09 Grahek, Jim -08 Graves, Peter -15 Grinden, Harold -08 Hall, Henry -07 Hamari, Reuben -17 Hammel, Mark -15 Hansen, Hans -18 Harkins, Ken -20 Harrington, Tom -08 Harris, Fred -13 Hastings, Chris -08 Hastings, Jeff -08 Haugen, Anders -07 Haugen, Lars -07 Heckert, Chuck -17 Heckman, Ryan -09 Hedloff, Clarence “Soapy” -14 Heistad, Erling -12 Hendrickson, James -07 Hendrickson, Sarah -13 Hiatt, Eric -11 Hicks, Dave -10 Hill, Clarence "Coy" -07 Holland, Jim -08 Holland, Michael -08 Holme, Robert -08 Holmstrom, Carl -07 House, James "Jim" -12 Howelsen, Carl -07 Hurst, Don -20 Hvam, Hjalmar -08 Immens, Bobby -17 Jacobs, Dr Paul -14 Jacobson, Ron -16 Jennings, Bruce -16 Jerome, Jessica -10 Jerome, Peter -11 Johnson, Anders -08 Johnson, Lenny -16 Johnson, N-13 Jones, Clint -08 Jonnum, Olaf -09
Inductees & Class Keck, Bob -11 Keck, Karla -09 Kempe, Francis -12 Kern, Terry -08 Keuler, Mike -08 Klein, Roland “Bud” -15 Konopacke, Mark -08 Kotlarek, Gene -07 Kotlarek, George -07 Kotlarek, Glenn -12 Larson, Casey -18 Langley, Roger -08 Langlois, Tad -08 Lekang, Anton -07 Levasseur, Mark -18 Lien, Harry -08 Lodwick, Todd -09 Lunde, Randy -17 Lundmark, Dave -20 Lynch, Michael O'Hara -13 Lyons, John R -13 Mahre, William “Bill” -15 Maki, Doug -16 Maki, Jim -08 Maki, Rudy -07 Malmquist, Walter -08 Malvik, Sig -10 Mangseth, Ole -07 Martin, Jay -08 Martin, Jerry -08 Mattoon, Dan -14 Mattson, Walter -19 ***** Maurin, Lawrence -08 McGrane, Dennis -08 McNeill, Chris -08 Merrill, C Alison -08 Method, Vic -11 Mewborn, Rick -08 Mikkelsen, Roy -07 Mikkelsen, Strand -07 Mittelstadt, Frederick (Fritz) -20 Monsen, Rolf -07 Nappa, Len -14 Nelson, Glen -15 Nelson, Nels -07 Neustel, Wesley K -12 Norby, Dave -11 Norris, Tim -17 ***** Nowak, Joe -08 Oimoen, Casper -07 Olson, Willis "Billly" -07 Omtvedt, Ragnar -07 Orhn, Alfred -10 Overby, Sigurd -08 Palmer, Zane -12 Pera, George -15 Perrault, Paul "Joe" -07 Perry-Smith, Crosby -12 Powers, Vern -19 Proctor, Charles -08 Raaum, Gustav -07 Rahoi, Dick -10 Ramfjord, James Elwood -13 Rand, Jay -08 Rasmussen, Ben A -15 Rasmussen, Wilbert -07 Reischl, Steve -12 Rhoads, Will -16 Riley, Barney -11 Ringquist, Abby -18 Robes, Peter -19 Ruud, Birger -07 Ruud, Sigmund -07 Samuelstuen, Ansten -08 Sanders, Bryan -08 Sargent, Alan -13 Satre, Magnus -07 Satre, Otto -07 Schwall, Tommy -08 Severson, Kris -12 Severud, Lloyd -07 Sherwood, Roy -08 Smith, Scott -12 Sodergren, Tom -15 Sorenson, Harald -07 Sparpana, Gary -12 Spillane, Johnny -09 St Andre, Jon -08 Steele, John -08 Steele, Ron -08 Stein, Kurt -08 Stolzlechner, Nils -16 Stone, Larry -10 Sundgaard, Kip -08 Supercynski, Charlie -13 Swanson, Selmer -11 Swor, Greg -08 Sydow, Steve -15 Tellefson, Carl -08 Thompson, Conrad -13 Tokle, Art -07 Tokle, Kenneth A -13 Tokle, Torger -07 Tokle, Art Jr -19 Tomten, Blair -16 Tomten, Dave -13 Torrisen, Birger -07 Trudgeon, William C -13 Ulland, Olaf -08 Ulland, Sig -09 Van, Lindsey -09 Wakefield, Wally -17 Watt, Adrian -08 Weber, Randy -08 Wedin, Robert "Butch" -08 Wegeman, Keith -08 Welch, Brian -08 West, Don -12 Westgaard, Olaf -09 Wilson, Eugene -07 Windsperger, Greg -08 Wren, Gordon -07 Wright, Jeff -13 Zelenakas, Dana -16 Zuehlke, Keith -09 Zuehlke, Reed -08
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Class of 2009 Therese Altobelli jump video James Brennan Ron Buckli Willie Erickson John Evenson Dorothy Graves Ryan Heckman Olaf Jonnum Karla Keck Todd Lodwick Johnny Spillane Sig Ulland Olaf Westgaard Lindsey Van website Keith Zuehlke ***** to be inducted at future ceremony
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NEW HOF LAYOUT We’re working on a new format for the  HOF page; it will be a single alphabetical listing like that at left, but you’ll be able to  view the list in order by year of induction by clicking on the  title of that column.  SCROLL DOWN TO SEE AND TRY IT!
The list at left presents ALL the info in the four columns above. It’s a list of inductees in alphabetical order, but you can view it by year of induction simply by clicking on the title of that column. We’ll likely REPLACE the four columns above with this simplified list; it will also fit better when we introduce a mobile version (narrower screen).
Historical Information About Ski Jumping in America
** Here’s a website which catalogs ski jumps around the world, and it’s got a huge listing of American jumps, past and present ... www.skisprungschanzen.com. That’s German for “ski jumping hills.” It’s in both German and English. The link will bring up the homepage in English, but if you navigate to a page that’s in German, look for a little British flag logo in the upper part of the left (blue) column to switch to English. Click on Ski Jumps, choose United States, and you’ll find a lengthy list. Some material may be outdated, but you can contact the webmaster if you have more complete or current info. Prepare to spend some time ... Here’s an example of what you can find there ... a listing for a ski jump in Berkeley, California. There was a description of two events held there in the 1930s, with a link to a YouTube VIDEO compiled from black & white movies shot on site. There’s a sharp right turn at the end of the outrun, and one of the jumpers has to dodge a dog! As Master Card would say, “Priceless!” ** The International Skiing History Association publishes a terrific comprehensive quarterly magazine called Skiing Heritage. Their website is www.skiinghistory.org. Its subject matter covers all skiing disciplines, and of course it’s international in scope. They have published articles about American ski jumping and Nordic combined, and it’s well worth the time to become familiar with their website. Back issues of the magazine are online. ** See a historical insert from the Red Wing Republican-Eagle Feb 7, 2007. PDF, 24 pages This was printed at the time of the first American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame induction, and contains a lot of information on the early days of ski jumping in the USA. ** Learn about the Morgedal Valle in Norway, where ski jumping began ... Morgedal.com Find more links on our “Museums, etc.” page ... along with info in collections, books, etc.
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Looking Back ... All The Way To 1887 Thank you for your interest in the history of American ski jumping! We hope you’ll find this site interesting and informative. Find out how this organization began and learn about its mission. Check for announcements and upcoming events. Visit our online Hall of Fame, and find links to other ski jumping history resources. You’ll find all of these things via link buttons at the top of each page. We’ll also invite you to become a member of Friends of American Ski Jumping! Hover mouse on each thumbnail above to see larger image at left.
Red Wing MN, late 1880s. Second from left is Mikkel Hemmestvedt, who set the first US distance record of 37 feet at Red Wing in 1887.
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This is a listing of museums and collections, both public and private, plus books & publications, which contain information, photos, artifacts, and memorabilia related to the sport of ski jumping in North America, and a list of links related to ski jumping. If you know of any museums, collections, books, or publications not listed below, please click to our Collections Questionnaire. Major Ski Museums * National Ski Hall of Fame, Ishpeming MI * Engen Museum, Park City UT Regional and Local Museums, Club Museums * Ski Museum of Maine, Farmington ME * Norge Ski Club, Fox River Grove IL * Saint Paul Ski Club, Maplewood MN Private Collections (no contact info provided unless authorized by collector or family) * Carl Darovich collection, Sheboygan WI (much of collection donated to ASJ museum, some on display) Examples from Carl’s collection … photo album (one of 80+) US records & long jumps We will be making more of these available as we get them scanned; most photos not yet captioned, but personal notes and autographs help with identification. Some have info written on photos. * Vern Powers - online biography of Vern’s career, by his son Ron, also a ski jumper NEW * www.SkiLibrary.com, Ingrid Wicken, Norco CA This site has info on many publications & collections * Mike Enich collection, Pengilly MN * Bob Immens collection, Fox River Grove IL Contact Scott Immens * John Balfanz family collection, Osseo MN Contact Roberta Gwen Johnson: billandgwen (at) webtv.net * Wayne Martin collection, Plymouth MN Contact Wayne Martin: wrmartinmn (at) gmail.com Books & Publications (available from organization listed next to title) * Midwest Skiing: A Glance Back; John Pontti & Ken Luostari - National Ski Hall of Fame * On Wings of Wood; Wally Wakefield & Tom Harrington - St Paul Ski Club * Sky Crashers; Fred Johnson - Goodhue County (MN) Historical Society * The History of Ski Jumping; Tim Ashburner - Amazon.com and various booksellers
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Gunstock NH History Book Includes Ski Jumping Legend Torger Tokle Last year, Gunstock Ski Area in Gilford NH dedicated its jump complex to Torger Tokle, known in the early 1940s as “The Babe Ruth of American Ski Jumping.” He died in action in the Italian Alps during the last days of WWII. The history book introduced below covers the recreational ski area, too, but it’s notable for inclusion of Torger, a legend who considered it “home.” The History of Gunstock: Skiing in the Belknap Mountains 978.1.60949.136.9 { 160 pp, $19.99 } Click cover illustration to enlarge, click again to return to normal size Before it became home to generations of skiers, Gunstock Mountain began as a Works Progress Administration recreation project during the Great Depression that transformed the small farming community of Gilford into one of central New Hampshire’s most renowned skiing resorts. Join local ski historian Carol Anderson as she takes on the triumphs and defeats of four high-altitude jumps and the history of the snowy trails of the Gunstock Mountain Resort. Approaching its seventy-fifth anniversary, Gunstock has molded the careers of champion skiers and Olympians, including two-time silver medalist Penny Pitou, ski icon T. Gary Allen and the ski jumping sensation Torger Tokle. Anderson pays tribute to those individuals who have worked, skied or played a part in this iconic mountain of the Lakes Region. The History Press 635 Rutledge Ave. Suite 107 Charleston, SC 29403 www.historypress.net
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Ski Jumping Collections Questionnaire
Do you have, or know of, a significant collection of information, photos, artifacts, and/or memorabilia relating to the sport of ski jumping in North America? We're attempting to locate and describe collections that may be of historical interest to those who love this sport. Much of the preserved history of ski jumping is in private hands, often collected and maintained by private individuals who were once active jumpers, by the children and grandchildren of former jumpers, or folks who were fans of the sport and its athletes. Many of these collections are in the hands of people who are getting on in years, and could be lost forever within a few years. Some collections may be owned by various ski clubs. Although it would be wonderful to have a physical facility large enough and properly climate controlled to accept donated collections or items, and a staff to do proper preservation and cataloging, we don't have such a facility at this time, and can't promise we’ll have a facility to enable us to accept donated all memorabilia in the future. HOWEVER ... we do want to identify collections that exist today, and provide a comprehensive listing of them on this website, along with contact information if the owner of the collection is willing to accept requests via e- mail, US mail, or by phone. If they’re housed in some location that functions as a museum, we’d like to know all about it. Please e-mail us at the address below, and provide your name and phone number, with a brief description of your collection, or the one you know about. We’re updating our collections questionnaire, so it’snot currently available online. We will get in touch with you to learn a bit more about the collection, including contact information for the collector. member@americanskijumping.com If your e-mail program doesn’t open automatically when you click this link, please copy it and paste it into the address line of the new message window that pops up.
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The American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum
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Membership Information ... Friends of American Ski Jumping
Copyright 2007 - 2021      Friends of American Ski Jumping
The American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum
July 1, 2020 - We are in the process of revising our membership definition and policies, and formulating plans for the future. We maintain this website, the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame, he museum located at the historic St James Hotel in Red Wing MN, and a Facebook page (button at left). Please join us! Membership is FREE. Our goal is to build community of people interested in the history and heritage of the sport, and who want to be part of our parent organization, the Friends of American Ski Jumping. We feel the best way to do this is to NOT use paid membership as a revenue source. Our member registration list will provide a way to communicate with those who have specifically indicated interest in our mission. We require that you send a request per these guidelines: Please e-mail us at THE ADDRESS BELOW, and include: Your full name City & state where you currently reside (and optionally address & phone) If you’ve been involved with ski jumping, please tell us a bit about it, what years you were engaged with the sport, the name of the club you were affiliated with, if any. If you haven’t been directly involved as a competitor or volunteer, please tell us how you became interested. member@americanskijumping.com Copy & paste into address line of new e-mail message Alternatively, to request membership by US mail, contact: KJ Anderson, 531 S 8th St #304, Sheboygan WI 53081 We are currently exploring grants and other funding opportunities, and as we look to the future, we will periodically announce plans as they are developed and implemented. At no time will we require members to make donations to maintain membership in our organization. The fine print: Information you provide to FOASJ is for internal use only. We will NOT sell or transfer your personal information to any third party.
See who’s joined us to preserve the history & heritage of ski jumping in the USA …   CLICK HERE
Hall of Fame Nominations Information
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The American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum
If you would like to nominate someone for consideration by the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame Selection committee, you can begin by clicking on the Nomination Form link below. We’ll be adding further instructions for submitting supplemental information to accompany the nomination form.
Click for NOMINATION FORM Firefox users … see note below Nominations must be submitted by June 30 of the current year.
NOTE to users of Firefox browser: The nomination form has fillable fields, but Firefox doesn’t currently support this feature. There will be a notice at the top of the page stating this; at the RIGHT end of that line will be an option to open it in a different viewer. There’s a drop list that will allow you to choose Adobe Reader, and that will open the form with editable (fillable) fields.
This form can also be used to submit bio info for any of the skiers listed here that don’t have a link to a bio ... this is the case for many who have met automatic induction criteria,i.e. US Olympians or US National Ski Jumping Champions
Click the link ABOVE to display and/or print the nomination form!  You can PRINT the blank nomination form, fill it in by hand, and mail to  Greg Windsperger (his postal address is on the form), or fill it in on- screen, then print and snail-mail to Greg OR fill it in on-screen, save as a PDF and then e-mail to  Greg.Windsperger@federalfoam.com
This page is being  redesigned, but the nomination form is functioning properly. Please click the link above to access it!
Temporary location for these PDFs