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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 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 more! Learning to Ski Jump in 1949 ... 20th Century Fox Movie Newsreel Footage! 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! Women’s Ski Jumping USA USA Ski Jumping  (men) US Ski Team Nordic Sports click logos to visit websites    National Ski Hall of Fame          Ishptming MI  Skiing Heritage Magazine       International Skiing       History Association Find us on American Ski Jumping HOF Induction Sat Aug 8 in Red Wing MN Nominations for 2015 Induction Due May 1 ... see HOF page Ninth Annual Banquet & Induction Ceremony 6:00 pm at the St James Hotel ... more details soon! The date has been announced for this year’s festivities, honoring athletes, coaches, judges, and other contributors who have been important in the sport of ski jumping in the USA.  Nominations will be accepted until May 1 ... there’s a link to the nomination form near the bottom of the HOF page.  You’ll also see a list of familiar names as members of the selection committee; their personal involvement with the sport dates from the 1940s to the present day. Last year’s banquet was the first since the ASJ museum display area was significantly expanded on the mezzanine level of the historic St James Hotel in Red Wing, MN.  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. 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!