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This is what kids were doing back around
1950 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, age 9.
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 About 1950; 20th Century Fox Movie Newsreel Footage!
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USA Ski Jumping (men)
US Ski Team Nordic Page
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Skiing Heritage Magazine
Flashback: 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees Honored Aug 18 in Eau Claire
Six of our inductees attended in person along with friends and family members. Two who have passed away were represented
by family members as well. Our guests heard introductory comments from MC Bryan Sanders, and also by Jerry Borgen of
Red Wing, and Wally Wakefield, chairman of the selection committee.
You can find names of all our inductees on the HOF page, where there are links to individual bios (added as they are completed),
and links to websites related to our inductees. Compiling bio info is a continuous work in progress, and it’s dependent on the help
and cooperation of friends and family who can help supply individual bio information that isn’t recorded anywhere today.
We hope to see you at a future induction ceremony, and we’d like to receive nominations for others who should be considered for
induction. There’s a link to the nomination form in the right margin of the HOF page. Help us preserve the history of our sport!
Eighteen names were announced as the 2012 class of inductees to the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame. They include:
Ingvar "Ole" Arneson Sr, John Broman, Marvin Crawford, Tom Dargay, Jeff Denney, Jon Elliot, Erling Helstad, James "Jim" House,
Francis Kempe, Glenn Kotlarek, Wesley K. Neustel, Zane Palmer, Steve Reischl, Kris Severson, Crosby Perry Smith, Scott Smith,
Gary Sparpana, and Donald "Don" C. West. Congratulations to all honorees, their families, and their home clubs and towns!
The 2012 induction ceremony was held on August 18 in Eau Claire WI. The evening dinner and ceremony were preceded by
a golf outing in the afternoon. Eight of this year’s inductees were there in person, or represented by family members, and about
75 friends and family were in attendance to celebrate this honor. Future inductions will be held in different locations each year.
2013 Hall of Fame Inductees Honored
HOF banquet was held at Powderhorn Lodge August 17
The ASJ HOF Selection Committee presented the names of seventeen inductees in the class
of 2013. They include Harold “Cork” Anson; Rex Bell; Charlie Benzie; Randall W. Garretson;
Fred Harris; Sarah Hendrickson; Paulie Johnson; John R. Lyons; Michael O’Hara Lynch; Alan
Sargent; James Elwood Ramfjord; Charlie Supercynski; Conrad Thompson; Kenneth A. Tokle;
Dave Tomten; William C. Trudgeon; and Jeff Wright.
In keeping with a practice started in 2012, the annual ASJ HOF induction ceremony is being held
in a different location each year. This year’s was held at Big Powderhorn Lodge, just down the
road from spectacular Copper Peak. There was an afternoon golf outing, followed by the banquet
and the induction ceremonies in the evening. About 150 people attended the festivities.
After a hiatus of 20 years, there are plans in the works for major changes at Copper Peak that
will bring it back into the FIS competition circuit, recertified as a very large ski jumping hill rather
than its previous classification as a small ski flying hill. In addition, it will be equipped for SUMMER
jumping with an all-weather inrun and landing ... click logo above right for Copper Peak info!
Local coverage links following 2013 induction:
Gilford NH Steamer ... Trudgeon & Tokle