Historical Information About American Ski Jumping This page contains some basic historical information about the sport of ski jumping in the United States, and links to various resources.  The list of videos at right will show you the progression of ski jumping technique ... we’ll add a few more to include some more recent footage. ** Don West is the webmaster of www.skijumpeast.com, the online voice of USSA’s Eastern Division.  He’s also the oldest active ski jumper in the USA ... he’s jumping in Masters Class V, which includes athletes age 70-79.  This website contains a lot of historical information, including a number of interesting lists of national champions, Olympic and FIS team members, etc.  There’s also a lot of info on Masters classes and competitions. ** 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  Some material may be outdated, but you can contact the webmaster if you have more complete or current info.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.orgIts 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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Use Google Search to find more info about ski jumping! 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! Made with Xara 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. Museums, collections, books, links to history resources