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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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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!