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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 and Museum Opened Jan 25, 2014
Grand Opening of expanded display area at the historic St James Hotel, Red Wing MN
The American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated its Grand Opening on January 25. The display area is housed on
the second floor of the elegant and historic St James Hotel in Red Wing MN, “The Birthplace of American Ski Jumping.” It now
occupies a much larger space, and will feature a much more extensive display of the history of this spectacular sport in this country,
from the time It was introduced by Norwegian immigrants in the 1880s to the present day. Video clip from Kare11, Minneapolis
The first documented ski jumping competition in America was held in Red Wing in 1887, and history continues to be made. Just a
few weeks after our grand opening, women will compete in the Olympics for the first time.
Doors opened at 3:00 on Saturday. The award-winning documentary “Ready to Fly,” the story of the long battle for recognition and
inclusion of female jumpers at the highest level of the sport, was shown at 4:00, followed by a dinner and program.
More photos on other pages ... plan to visit the Hall of Fame and Museum!