2017 ASJ Hall of Fame Banquet Held August 5 in Red Wing
Six inducted … Canada’s legendary Steve Collins was our honored guest
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Reuben Hamari posthumously
Bobby Immens posthumously
Wally Wakefield posthumously
Congratulations to these outstanding inductees, the ASJHOF Class of 2017.
We’ll have more coverage soon … this was the largest crowd we’ve had for an
induction banquet and ceremony and, as usual, it was an enjoyable get-together.
New K125 Jump Near Red Wing MN - Update
Articles: Mpls Star Tribune July 31 Rochester Post-Bulletin July 26
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
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 2016, and are enthused about bringing this sport back to the site of its American roots.
Preview website: www.baldy125.com click photo to enlarge site plan view
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. Click photo at left for enlarged view.
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
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 Red 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. click photo to enlarge
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 1947 ... 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 wanting more!
Welcome to American Ski Jumping … Past, Present, and Future
As a teenager, Steve
Collins, a Canadian
First Nation athlete,
astounded the world
of ski jumping. Meet
him at our ASJ HOF
Induction. Click pix
to enlarge the view.