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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 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 include Bernie Dion, Ron Jacobson, Bruce Jennings, Lenny Johnson, Doug Maki, Nils Stolzlechner, Blair Tomten, Dana Zelenakas & Jon Denney. The inclusion 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 was selected for induction in 2008, but was inadvertently omitted from the induction program.  This will be a belated recognition.  Congratulations to all 2016 inductees! Group Seeks to Build Olympic-Sized Ski Jump in Red Wing An article published in the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin on Friday March 18, 2016, outlines an effort currently 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.    CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE click photo at left to enlarge view 2015 HOF Induction Held August 8 in Red Wing MN In early June, the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame Selection Committee announced names of twelve athletes, officials, and other contributors who make up the Class of 2015.  Ten were selected by the Committee following an open nomination period: Ronda Thomas Farrell, Peter Graves, Mark Hammel, Roland “Bud” Klein, William “Bill” Mahre, Glen Nelson, George Pera, Ben A. Rasmussen, Tom Sodergren, and Steve Sydow.  In addition, two current jumpers will be inducted because they’ve met automatic selection criteria: Nick Fairall (2014 Olympian) and Christian Friberg  (2015 US National Champion).   THE DAY’S FESTIVITIES The day began with a golf scramble at Mississippi National Golf Course.  The museum opened at 4:00, and many visitors dropped in prior to the beginning of the social hour, dinner, and program in the Portside Room, beginning at 6:00.  Inductees who attended in person included Mark Hammel, Bud Klein, Glen Nelson, George Pera, Tom Sodergren, and Steve Sydow.  The daughter and granddaughter of Ben Rasmussen attended in his honor.  There were about 100 in attendance, and many stayed around for some time after the ceremony to chat with friends new and old. A WORD ABOUT MEMBERSHIP ... WE ASK THAT YOU CONSIDER SUPPORTING OUR MISSON! This is an all-volunteer organization, but we do incur some expenses, which require a budget and some reserve funds.  We have annual memberships available for $35, and lifetime memberships for $500.  Please consider supporting our mission ... there’s more info on our Membership page, link above. ABOUT OUR LOCATION:  RED WING and the ST JAMES HOTEL Last year’s banquet was the first since the ASJ museum display area was significantly expanded 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 DID THE AMERICAN SKI JUMPING MUSEUM AND HALL OF FAME COME TO BE? 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!   US Nationals, Red Wing 1936 Site of 1936 US Nationals