One of Our Founders, Jerry Borgen, Has Passed Away
Known as “Mr Red Wing” … full obituary in Red Wing Republican-Eagle
Jerry Borgen was part of the original group that met regularly during the fall of 2005 to pursue the idea of
recognizing Red Wing as the “birthplace of American ski jumping” (first recorded tournament in 1887), and
establishing a museum and Hall of Fame dedicated to the preservation of the history and heritage of this
sport, which came to the US via Norwegian immigrants to the upper Midwest. Jerry’s lifelong involvement in
civic affairs in Red Wing proved invaluable in gaining community support for this project. You
2018 ASJ Hall of Fame Festivities Aug 4 in Red Wing
Golf outing, banquet, induction ceremony; DETAILS BELOW View Press Release
The ASJ HOF selection committee has completed its work; Lyle Boucher, Selection Committee Chairman,
announced the names of nine inductees who make up the induction class of 2018. There are four de facto
inductees, members of the 2018 US Olympic Team that competed in Pyeong Chang. They are Kevin
Bickner, Michael Glasder, Casey Larson, and Abby Ringquist. Selected via the nomination process are Korey
Arneson, Doug Dion, Ernest Dion, Hans Hansen, and Mark Levasseur. Congratulations to the inductees and
to their families, friends, and home clubs. Thanks to all who submitted nominations!
JUST ANNOUNCED! Details of Saturday Aug 4 Golf Outing & Induction Banquet
Golf will start at 10 a.m. at Mississippi National Golf Links in Red Wing.
Shot Gun Start. $40 per Golfer ( includes cart )
Dinner & Induction Ceremony at 6pm at the St. James Hotel in Downtown Red Wing.
Cost for Dinner and Ceremony is $50 per person.
We need an accurate count of those planning to attend. We request that you
RSVP to Scott Smith via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let him know
whether you plan on Golfing, Golf and Dinner or just Dinner.
2017 ASJ HOF Induction Held August 5 in Red Wing
Six inducted … Canada’s legendary Steve Collins was our honored guest
A crowd of over 100 enjoyed a dinner followed by the induction ceremony for the Class of 2017 into the
American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame.
The first segment of the program was devoted to recognizing Steve Collins, the legendary Canadian teenager
who electrified the sport in the early 1980s. He was introduced as an honorary member of the ASJ HOF by
Greg Windsperger, US Olympian and former US Jumping Team coach, and a short video called
“Thunderbird” was shown, which ended with one of Steve’s dramatic flights in World Cup competition at age
fifteen, in Lahti FIN. The hill record was 114 meters; Steve flew 124; the second place jumper went 114.5.
He was the star of a strong Canadian team which was coached by a former US Olympian, Bill Bakke.
Steve is a First Nation Canadian,
and his grandfather Charlie Collins
was a member of the Prairie Island
community in the Red Wing area
prior to moving to Canada; the
Prairie Island community owns the
golf course where this banquet was
held, and the new 125 meter “Baldy” jump will be built on the east end of the golf course property. It was an
honor to have Steve present as this project is about to transition from planning to construction! Following
remarks by Steve, he introduced his chief, Peter Collins, who also spoke briefly.
VIDEOS: Greg’s introduction of Steve “Thunderbird” Remarks by Steve and Peter
For more info on the new jump, including link to a preview video, see www.baldy125.com
American Ski Jumping President Bryan Sanders made some remarks about the history of the Red Wing
and St Paul Ski Clubs, and about the new ski jump project, then introduced each of the five inductees who
were either present in person, or who had family members there to accept their awards and make some
personal remarks. Read individual bios and view the presentation and acceptance via video links below.
Click names to view bio documents
Reuben Hamari posthumously
Bobby Immens posthumously
Wally Wakefield posthumously
Congratulations to the ASJHOF Class of 2017!
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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
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!
Welcome to American Ski Jumping … Past, Present, and Future
We recently received this photo of Lenny Johnson
(HOF ‘16) and Kip Sundgaard (HOF ‘08) with uniform
worn by Bill Mahre (HOF ‘15), official starter at the
Lake Placid Olympics, 1980. Click to enlarge.