Bob Hein was an active ski jumper over a span of more than 70 years, and has probably participated in more competitions than any other American jumper in history.|
Bob was born on April 8, 1922 and passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at age 89. He grew up in Ironwood Michigan, where he began ski jumping at a young age. Bob was a good junior jumper and traveled as far south as Madison, Wisconsin to compete in Central meets.
After serving in the U.S. Marines during WW-II, Bob settled in Philadelphia and soon resumed his jumping on the Eastern circuit. He was a regular for 40 years at Bear Mt. where four or five weekends of Saturday and Sunday jumping enabled him to log a huge number of competitions during his long career.
Bob's jumping career was rejuvenated in his later years by the establishment of the U.S. National Age Group Championships in 1982 and then the International Masters Championships (IMC) in 1990. He took home many medals from these two events, including several gold medals, before he finally hung up his jumping skis at age 78. He was inducted into the U.S. Masters Ski Jumpers Hall of Fame in 1992.
Bob claimed to suffer from performance anxiety but he was always ready to entertain at ski jump banquets with a couple of old ski jumping songs.
Bob is survived by his wife of 67 years, Tony, who resides at 832 Gainsboro Rd. Drexel Hill, PA, 19026. Phone (610) 789-5995
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