MAINTAINED BY THE
Don West of Plattsburgh NY (right, b. July 1, 1937) started ski jumping in
Madison WI with the Blackhawk Ski Club. He moved east in
1965 and was a fixture at Eastern jumping meets ever since. He has
won several gold medals at the International Masters Championships and the U.S.
Masters Age Group Championship, and was many times Eastern Masters (veterans)
champion during the 1970's. Finally, in 1999 for the first time, he added the
National big hill title to his record. Don retired in Jan 2011 after taking gold at the Masters Nationals in Madison. He created and maintains these web pages.
of Scarboro ME was a promising junior jumper growing up in
Lyndonville VT, but he never jumped as a senior.
He came back to the sport at age thirty
and won two National big hill crowns
and two National age group titles. Larry dominated Eastern Masters
jumping for several season, winning
three Eastern Masters Championships, but he has not jumped for
several years now. Larry's son Brian competed in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics (the jumps are in Park City).
Mark Levasseur of Worcester MA was a ski jumping child prodigy, flying off big hill takeoffs at the age of ten. As a teenager, Mark committed all of his efforts to professional hockey. After retirement from hockey, he returned to ski jumping. You will not see a more graceful jumper on the hill! Mark has completed the qualification process and has become a very acive ski jumping judge, but we hope that we will see him on his skis as well as in the judges stand.
Jon Farnham was a very good junior jumper in Lebanon NH and when his boys Jon, Jr. and Brian started jumping, Dad found some skis and joined them on the hill. It didn't take long for Jon to regain his jumping skills and he became Eastern Masters champion in both 1998, 1999 and 2003. With huge energy and enthusiasm, Jon has thrown himself back into the sport as jumper, coach, facility developer and organizer. A man of many talents, Jon is occasionally called on at the start of a competition to deliver his unique harmonica rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
Tom Dodds directs the ski jumping program of the Ford Sayre Ski Club, Hanover NH.
As his two boys and the other Ford Sayre skiers developed, Tom couldn't resist joining them
and he is now a regular in the masters class on hills up to 50 meter size. Tom and Jon Farnham go way back;
they were classmates from Kindergarten through grade 12 as well as team mates for Ford Sayre.
Tom has returned to the Upper Valley as a staff doctor at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
For a number of years it was typical to see just one or two jumpers in Masters Class at Eastern competitions, but in 2007 we saw four at Salisbury, five in the Empire State Games, and six Masters in the annual 50 meter competition at Storrs Hill in Lebanon. The reason why Lebanon had the most is that Lebanon is currently a hotbed of Masters jumping with a mix of resumed jumpers and adult beginners. Jon Farnham teamed up with Lebanon Old Boys Bill Ryan and Dan Brown at the 2006 National Masters Championship in St. Paul, MN.
Team East (L-R): Jon Farnham, Don West, Dan Brown, Bill Ryan.
Here is a group of five masters who competed in a summer jump at Lebanon. Mark Breen (#16 below), who represented the U.S. at the 1986 World Junior Championships, resumed jumping in the summer of 2006 after a 20 year break. Mark is undefeated at the Eastern Championships, winning the Eastern Masters crown in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 & 2012.
(L-R): Mark Breen, Jon Farnham, Dan Brown, Ryan Crawford, Bill Ryan.