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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 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
Learning to Ski Jump in 1949 ... 20th Century Fox Movie Newsreel Footage!
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2016 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
The Selection Committee has released the names of this year’s inductees into the American Ski
Jumping Hall of Fame. They are: Bernie Dion, Nita Englund, Ron Jacobson, Bruce Jennings,
Lenny Johnson, Doug Maki, Nils Stolzlechner, Blair Tomten, Dana Zelenakas & Jon Denney.
This year’s induction festivities will be held on Saturday August 6.
The day will begin with a golf outing at Mt. Frontenac Golf Course, 32420 Ski
Road, Frontenac, MN (a few miles south of Red Wing MN on Highway 61).
The evening’s activities will also be held at Mt Frontenac. They’ll begin at 5:30
with a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new ski jump, which will bring the sport
back to its American roots. It will be the size of an Olympic “large hill” and will
be equipped for summer competition and training. See photo and article below.
The social hour and banquet will follow immediately at 6:00. Cost for the
banquet is $25, and the fee for the golf event is $55. PLEASE make reservations
by contacting Bryan Sanders, email@example.com (or call 651.245.8369). Last
year we ran out of seats and food, so reservations will be much appreciated.
The induction of Blair, former competitor and now the first female FIS judge, gives the HOF its third
father-daughter combination (Dave Tomten is her dad). The others are Peter & Jessica Jerome, and
Bob & Karla Keck.
Jon Denney was selected for induction in 2008, but was unable to attend the induction program.
This will be a belated induction. Congratulations to all of this year’s inductees!
Among confirmed attendees as of July 28 are these former jumpers: 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist
Billy Demong, Rick Anderson, John Benzie, Tony Benzie, Jerry Borgen, Jeff Davis, Tim Denisson,
Jeff Denney, Jon Denney, Jim Grahek, Don Jacobson, Ron Jacobson, Bruce Jennings, Lenny
Johnson, Scott Lubansky, Doug Maki, Jim Maki, Jay Martin, Jerry Martin, Bill Polanka, Phil Sanders,
Bryan Sanders, Scott Smith, Dave Solner, Nils Stolzlechner, Jan Sundgaard, Greg Swor, Wally
Wakefield, Greg Windsperger, Dana Zelenakas.
Olympic-Sized Ski Jump Planned for Red Wing
An article published in the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin on Friday March 18,
2016, outlined an effort then 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. Updated plans will be announced at the HOF induction on Aug 6.
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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!