About American Ski Jumping HOF & Museum
This website is devoted to the rich heritage of the sport of ski jumping in the USA, beginning with
the first recorded tournament in 1887 at Red Wing MN and continuing through the present and into
the future. It incorporates the online American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame. Scroll down the page
a bit for background on this organization and website.
Board of Directors & Executive
For information about this organization
Bryan Sanders, Executive Director
or website, please contact:
Scott Smith, President
John Benzie, Vice President
Bryan Sanders, Executive Director
Ken Anderson, Secretary
firstname.lastname@example.org (eff 9/20/16) Brad Kolberg, Treasurer
Ken Anderson, Webmaster
Background ... How We Came To Be
In late 2005, informal discussions began among a number of former ski jumpers in Minnesota. The impetus came from a
desire on the part of several remaining members of the Aurora Ski Club of Red Wing, which disbanded in the 1950s, but
which was one of the most important of the early clubs. There was a desire on their part to have some sort of recognition
of their city as the birthplace of American ski jumping.
Members of the St Paul Ski Club, which was founded in 1885 and is still operating, concurred with this designation,
although in fact, records show that St Paul had held a tournament two weeks earlier. For many years, the 37 foot flight of
Norwegian immigrant Mikkel Hemmestvedt in Red Wing has been published as the first American distance record. As a
result of the deliberations of this group, The City of Red Wing was authorized to issue a proclamation in May 2006,
recognizing their community as the "birthplace of American ski jumping."
Inevitably, discussion of lasting recognition for ski jumpers crept into our conversations. While a number of jumpers have
been enshrined in the National Ski Hall of Fame, the decline of numbers of US jumpers over the past fifty years, along
with the growth of recreational skiing and snowboarding, makes the future recognition of jumpers by NSHF seem less
likely. There have been some outstanding jumpers in the recent past, as well as the present. This includes both male and
female athletes. These accomplished athletes, and those in future years, should know that their achievements will be
recognized and remembered in a Hall of Fame dedicated to the discipline of ski jumping.
The general consensus among those who have attended meetings, or who have had individual discussions about the
possibility of establishing a HOF for jumpers, led us to explore how this might be done. While the folks from Red Wing
have concentrated on developing a permanent physical display including hall of fame pictures, biographies, and artifacts,
all seem to agree that the HOF should be virtual ... i.e. web-based, and not confined to any specific location. A committee
was established to develop guidelines for nomination and selection, and that committee continues to perform and refine
On Feb 2, 2007, a 24-page insert appeared in the Red Wing Republican-Eagle, containing historic pictures and articles
about ski jumping
in Red Wing. We want to recognize Jerry Borgen and Fred Johnson of Friends of American Ski Jumping, along with Annie
Stumpf and Kayla Staub of the Republican-Eagle for doing a terrific job on this impressive insert! Click here to view a
2.8MB pdf file showing all 24 pages of the insert.
One of the continuing concerns among those who have been involved in our discussions has been to identify museums
and private collections related to the sport of ski jumping. This would include such institutions as the National Ski Hall of
Fame (Ishpeming MI) and the Engen Museum (Utah Olympic Park, Park City UT), the clubhouse collections at such
places as the St Paul Ski Club and the Norge Ski Club (Fox River Grove IL), and individual collections and mini-
A list of museums and collections can be found via a tab at the top of this page. We have created a submission form for
information regarding museums and collections, but we will NOT publish information about private collections, or contact
information about them, without the express consent of the individual collector. You can find out about these resources by
visiting the "Museums, etc." page via a link at the top of this page.
Please visit this site regularly; it will be our primary means of communicating to people interested in the sport
of ski jumping ... past, present, and future ... throughout the United States. And please ... consider becoming
a member! Click the Membership link at the right end of the navigation bar above. The cost is minimal,
as are our expenses, but our goal is ambitious ... we’d like to have you join us in this endeavor.
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