March 9 ceremony marks 70th anniversary of Tokle's hill record
Wednesday, March 9, 2011, marked the 70th anniversary of Torger Tokle’s record-setting jump on the 60-meter jump at the Belknap Mountains Recreation Area (today’s Gunstock Mountain Resort). It was a record that remained unbroken for 35 years and was surpassed only when the ski jump was enlarged to a 70-meter hill during the mid-1970’s.|
On hand to represent the Tokle family at the unveiling was Kenneth Tokle (right, with the big jump in the background), nephew of Torger, and long time ski jumping judge, and Ken's wife, Nina.
Also in attendance were Dan Warner, a ski jumping official and enthusiastic supporter of the sport who spoke during the ceremony, Lisa Kling, vice president of the new Preservation Society, and Penny Pitou, two-time Silver Medalist at the 1960 Winter Olympics (below, second from left).
Gunstock Mountain Resort was represented by Greg Goddard and Bill Quigley (below, left), Director of Marketing and Sales.
engineer's drawing entitled "Anatomy of a Ski Jump"
Carol Anderson (above, left), president of GMHPS, had this to say about the jump rededication and the unveiling of the memorial plaque, “Torger Tokle is a hero in every sense of the word, and we are so proud to be a part of the restoration of the jump he loved so much. He called this jump ‘his hill’, and I could not think of a better way to honor him than to restore this jump so that ski jumpers can once again take flight from this magnificent structure.” To learn more about the Gunstock Mountain Historic Preservation Society and their efforts to restore Gunstock’s jumps, please visit www.historicgunstock.com or call: (603)737-4360.