2017 ASJ Hall of Fame Induction Saturday August 5
The annual American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held once agan at Mt Frontenac
Golf Course, a short drive south of Red Wing MN, and the site of the future Mt Baldy 125 meter ski jump.
The date is Saturday, August 5. For those interested, there will be a golf outing beginning in the morning,
with banquet in the evening. Details will be announced soon.
Wally Wakefield Passes Away, Was a Founder of ASJ
Wally Wakefield was one of the key people involved in the founding of Friends of American Ski Jumping, the
parent organization of the American Ski Jumping Museum and Hall of Fame. He passed away May 2, 2017,
in St Paul. He was a competitor back in the 1940s and 50s, and a tireless volunteer with the youth programs
at the St Paul Ski Club throughout his life. He was a member of the SPSC Hall of Fame. In addition, he was
a columnist and sportswriter in St Paul and the eastern suburbs for many years. During the past ten years,
he served as the chairman of the Selection Committee for the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame.
The Wakefield family held a "Celebration of Life" for Wally on Sunday May 14, 2017 at the American Legion in
North St Paul, followed by a gathering at the St Paul Ski Club to place Wally’s ashes near Wakefield Hill, the
10 meter jump which is named after him. Official Obituary (May 7, 2017) View Wally’s SPSC HOF bio
Board Approves New K125 Jump Near Red Wing MN
The Goodhue County Board of Commissioners unanimously
paved the way for an Olympic-level ski-jumping facility to be
built at Mount Frontenac just south of Red Wing. The land,
owned by the Prairie Island Indian Community, is currently
home to Mount Frontenac Golf Course, and previously was
home to the Mt Frontenac Ski Area. read article
The final hill profile design was received from contributing
FIS architect Hans Martin Renn in late April, with the K-point
at 125 meters, hill size (HS)140 meters.
The project will be developed in conjunction with the Prairie
Island tribe, which owns the golf course and the nearby
Treasure Island Casino. Tribal officials attended the US large-hill National Championships in Park City in
late July, and are enthused about bringing this sport back to the site of its American roots.
Preview website: www.baldy125.com click photo above to enlarge site plan view
FIS Officials Visit New Jump Site, Very Impressed
FIS officials recently visited Mt. Frontenac Ski Jump site in Welch, MN -
just south of Red Wing (6miles) Friends of American Ski Jumping
(FOASJ) is working with Prairie Island Indian Community (land owner
and operator of Mt. Frontenac Golf Course) to build a new world class
K120 hill. Pictured L-R are: Dennis Egan - former mayor Re d Wing,
Ueli Forrer - FIS, Scott Smith - Board President, Bryan Sanders - CEO,
Horst Tielmann - FIS, Billy Demong - 2010 Olympics Gold Medalist, Paul
Ragozzino - Engineer, and David Solner - Architect.
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2016 HOF Induction Highlights, Aug 6
Videos from ceremony have been published ... scroll down!
Here are the names of the 2016 inductees into the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame. They are: Bernie
Dion, Nita Englund, Ron Jacobson, Bruce Jennings, Lenny Johnson, Doug Maki, Will Rhoads, Nils
Stolzlechner, Blair Tomten, Dana Zelenakas & Jon Denney.
Prior to the banquet & induction ceremony, held at the
Mt Frontenac golf course south of Red Wing MN, more
than 100 attendees were taken in a fleet of golf carts to
the site of a new Olympic-sized ski jump which will be
located on the golf course property, formerly a downhill
ski area. It’s a spectacular location, overlooking the hilly
terrain along the Mississippi River. It was a beautiful
evening, and a great way to start the festivities.
Click photo to enlarge (Andre Denney photo)
Bryan Sanders, 1992 Olympian and president of the American Ski Jumping HOF was the MC. Featured
speakers included Billy Demong, Olympic Gold Medalist in 2010, recently named Executive Director of USA
Nordic, and Dave Solner, internationally-recognized architect, owner of the Buck Hill ski area south of
Minneapolis, and a former jumper. Billy spoke about his role in helping USA Nordic grow the sport in the
USA, and Dave showed plans for the spectacular new jump to be built at Mt Frontenac. See videos below:
VIDEOS FROM INDUCTION CEREMONY
(credits to Susan and Andre Denney)
INDUCTEES PRESENT FOR CEREMONY (in order presented)
Keynote - Billy Demong
New Jump - Dave Solner
HOF Intro - Wally Wakefield Nita’s award was accepted by her dad; she’s training in Europe
INDUCTEES NOT PRESENT
Women’s Ski Jumping USA
Ski Jumping &
US Ski Team Nordic Sports
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National Ski Hall of Fame
Skiing Heritage Magazine
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Learning to Ski Jump in 1949 ... 20th Century Fox Movie Newsreel Footage!
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 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
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