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2017 ASJ Hall of Fame Banquet Held August 5 in Red Wing    Six inducted … Canada’s legendary Steve Collins was our honored guest       Click names to view bio documents Reuben Hamari   posthumously Chuck Heckert Bobby Immens    posthumously Randy Lunde Tim Norris 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 (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 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) OPENING REMARKS INDUCTEES PRESENT FOR CEREMONY  (in order presented) Welcome -  Bryan Sanders    Lenny Johnson      Dana Zelenakas      Jon Denney Keynote -     Billy Demong Ron Jacobson      Bruce Jennings      Nils Stolzlechner New Jump - Dave Solner Bernie Dion           Doug Maki           Nita Englund HOF Intro -  Wally Wakefield            Nita’s award was accepted by her dad; she’s training in Europe INDUCTEES NOT PRESENT Blair Tomten      Will Rhoads 
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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 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!
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Sneak preview of online presentation of a large historic photo & autograph album from the Carl Darovich collection.  CLICK THIS POST-IT  Steve Collins in flight Steve Collins, Calgary Olympics
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.