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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
FIS Officials Visit New Jump Site, Very Impressed
FIS officials recently visited Mt. Frontenac Ski Jump site in Welch, MN -
just south of Red Wing (6miles) Friends of American Ski Jumping
(FOASJ) is working with Prairie Island Indian Community (land owner
and operator of Mt. Frontenac Golf Course) to build a new world class
K120 hill. Pictured L-R are: Dennis Egan - former mayor Red Wing, Ueli
Forrer - FIS, Scott Smith - Board President, Bryan Sanders - CEO, Horst Tielmann - FIS, Billy
Demong - 2010 Olympics Gold Medalist, Paul Ragozzino - Engineer, and David Solner -
Architect. click photo to enlarge image
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)
INDUCTEES PRESENT FOR CEREMONY
(in order of presentation)
Welcome - Bryan Sanders
Keynote - Billy Demong
New Jump - Dave Solner
HOF Intro - Wally Wakefield Nita’s award was accepted by her dad; she’s training in Europe
INDUCTEES NOT PRESENT
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!
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Learning to Ski Jump in 1949 ... 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
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