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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
as the 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
Learning to Ski Jump in 1949 ... 20th Century Fox Movie Newsreel Footage!
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Group Seeks to Build Olympic-Sized Ski Jump in Red Wing
An article published in the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin on
Friday March 18, 2016, outlines an effort currently before the state
legislature that would include the construction of a year-round
Olympic-sized ski jump in Red Wing, where the first recognized
American distance record for ski jumping was set in 1887.
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2015 HOF Induction Held August 8 in Red Wing MN
In early June, the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame Selection Committee announced names of twelve athletes, officials,
and other contributors who make up the Class of 2015. Ten were selected by the Committee following an open
nomination period: Ronda Thomas Farrell, Peter Graves, Mark Hammel, Roland “Bud” Klein, William “Bill” Mahre,
Glen Nelson, George Pera, Ben A. Rasmussen, Tom Sodergren, and Steve Sydow. In addition, two current jumpers
will be inducted because they’ve met automatic selection criteria: Nick Fairall (2014 Olympian) and Christian Friberg
(2015 US National Champion).
THE DAY’S FESTIVITIES
The day began with a golf scramble at Mississippi National Golf Course. The museum opened at 4:00, and many visitors
dropped in prior to the beginning of the social hour, dinner, and program in the Portside Room, beginning at 6:00.
Inductees who attended in person included Mark Hammel, Bud Klein, Glen Nelson, George Pera, Tom Sodergren, and
Steve Sydow. The daughter and granddaughter of Ben Rasmussen attended in his honor. There were about 100 in
attendance, and many stayed around for some time after the ceremony to chat with friends new and old.
A WORD ABOUT MEMBERSHIP ... WE ASK THAT YOU CONSIDER SUPPORTING OUR MISSON!
This is an all-volunteer organization, but we do incur some expenses, which require a budget and some reserve funds.
We have annual memberships available for $35, and lifetime memberships for $500. Please consider supporting our
mission ... there’s more info on our Membership page, link above.
ABOUT OUR LOCATION: RED WING and the ST JAMES HOTEL
Last year’s banquet was the first since the ASJ museum display area was significantly expanded 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 DID THE AMERICAN SKI JUMPING MUSEUM AND HALL OF FAME COME TO BE?
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 realized that it was time to establish a way
to keep names and memories alive, covering the whole 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 wouldn’t know old 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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