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LISTS OF PAST U.S. CHAMPIONS

Starting in 1981, the U.S. Ski Association has sanctioned (in most years) two National Championship Ski Jumping events. These were originally called 70 and 90 meter events, then Normal Hill (NH) and Large Hill (LH), then K90 and 120 meter events. Recently, jumps have been designated by "Hill Size" (HS) which is a technical point beyond K. Some years these two events were held at a single site, Steamboat Springs, Park City or Lake Placid. In other years, they were separated. Sometimes it was not possible to schedule two events, so only one was held.
In October 2008, for the first time ever, the U.S. National Championships (both special jumping and Nordic combined) were held without snow, jumping on plastic in Lake Placid, NY (K-90 hill only) and racing on pavement. This event was the National Championship for the 2008-2009 season so it's winners are listed below as 2009 champions. Because our best skiers spend their winters in Europe, the practice of holding the National Championships on plastic has continued and so has been hosted in Park City where both NH and LH have plastic, or split between Park City for the Large Hill event and another site for the Normal Hill. The NH Championship has even been hosted on a K70 meter jump such as the Norge Ski Club jump near Chicago.

For several years during the 1980s, the U.S. and Canada have had a reciprocity agreement which permitted each nation's jumpers to compete in the other's national championships and to take home medals and hold titles. More recently this agreement has been changed. Now jumpers from other nations may ski as guests but can not win medals or displace U.S. competitors.

 

United States National Junior Ski Jumping Champions
1981 to present

The following list of recent junior champions is the result of many hours of digging in a variety of sources, and may be the subject of some disagreements. Junior competitors at the National Championships are not treated the same year after year, sometimes they compete in a class by themselves, sometimes they are mixed with the other competitors. Sometimes a separate list of junior scores is published, sometimes not. Sometimes, when a junior class is designated, one or two top junior jumpers opt to "compete as seniors" so that they would be eligible to be National Champion (as opposed to National Junior Champion). My interpretation, in preparing this list of Junior Champions, has been that if a competitor is of junior age, and if he skis from a start no higher than the other junior competitors, then he will be eligible to be called National Junior Champion, even if he "competes as a senior". This policy determined the Champions listed for 1981 (Collins) and 1987 (Langlois).
The maximum age for a Junior competitor was increased for the 2007-08 season.
Sources include printed event results (1982-1992 and a few later years), Ski Racing Redbook (1985-2000), USSA Nordic Competition Guide (1981-2000), and a few back issues of Ski Racing.
Please e-mail any comments, corrections or additions. Don West, April, 2000.
(last update, October, 2013)




Year  Hill    Champion          Club or              Location of

                               Home Town            Championship



1981  (NH)  Ron Richards     Oshawa ONT           Steamboat Springs CO

      (LH)  Steve Collins    Thunder Bay ONT      Steamboat Springs CO



1982  (NH)  Veli Rautio      Thunder Bay ONT      Lake Placid NY

      (LH)  Veli Rautio      Thunder Bay ONT      Lake Placid NY



1983  (NH)  Jeff Volmrich    Lake Placid NY       Eau Claire WI

      (LH)  Chris Hastings   Norwich VT           Westby WI



1984  (NH)  Larry Olsen      Eau Claire WI        Steamboat Springs CO

      (LH)  Larry Olsen      Eau Claire WI        Steamboat Springs CO



1985  (NH)  Kris Severson    Steamboat Springs CO Laconia NH

      (LH)     -- no large hill event scheduled --



1986  (NH)  Kris Severson    Steamboat Springs CO Steamboat Springs CO

      (LH)  Tad Langlois     Newport NH           Steamboat Springs CO



1987  (NH)  Tad Langlois     Newport NH           Ishpeming MI

            (Pat Hamler of Eau Claire won the junior class)

      (LH)  Tad Langlois     Newport NH           Steamboat Springs CO



1988  (NH)  Kurt Stein       Madison WI           Steamboat Springs CO

      (LH)  Chris Gilbertson Steamboat Springs CO Steamboat Springs CO



1989  (NH)  Kurt Stein       Madison WI           Lake Placid NY

      (LH)  Kurt Stein       Madison WI           Lake Placid NY



1990  (NH)  Eric Hiatt       Iron Mountain MI     Eau Claire WI

      (LH)  Eric Hiatt       Iron Mountain MI     Westby WI



1991  (NH)  Eric Hiatt       Iron Mountain MI     Steamboat Springs CO

      (LH)  Ryan Heckman     Steamboat Springs CO Steamboat Springs CO



1992  (NH)  Randy Weber      Steamboat Springs CO Brattleboro VT

      (LH)  Ryan Heckman     Steamboat Springs CO Lake Placid NY



1993  (NH)    -- no normal hill event scheduled --

      (LH)  Randy Weber      Steamboat Spr. CO    Westby WI



1994  (NH)  Randy Weber      Steamboat Spr. CO    Steamboat Springs CO

      (LH)  Todd Lodwick     Steamboat Spr. CO    Steamboat Springs CO



1995  (NH)  Randy Weber      Steamboat Spr. CO    Park City UT

      (LH)     -- no large hill event scheduled --



1996  (NH)  Randy Weber      Steamboat Spr. CO    Lake Placid NY

      (LH)  Randy Weber      Steamboat Spr. CO    Lake Placid NY



1997  (NH)     -- no normal hill event scheduled --

      (LH)  Taylor Hoffman   Lake Placid NY       Westby WI



1998  (NH)  Bill Demong      Vermontville NY      Steamboat Springs CO

      (LH)  Alan Alborn      Anchorage AK         Steamboat Springs CO



1999  (NH)  Nathan Gerhart   Steamboat Spr. CO    Lake Placid NY

      (LH)  Clint Jones      Steamboat Spr. CO    Lake Placid NY



2000  (NH)  Clint Jones      Steamboat Spr. CO    Steamboat Springs CO

      (LH)  Clint Jones      Steamboat Spr. CO    Steamboat Springs CO



2001  (NH)  Clint Jones      Steamboat Spr. CO    Park City UT

      (LH)  Clint Jones      Steamboat Spr. CO    Park City UT



2002  (NH)  Clint Jones      Steamboat Spr. CO    Steamboat Springs CO

      (LH)  Clint Jones      Steamboat Spr. CO    Steamboat Springs CO



2003  (NH)  Kyle Kessler     Norge S.C. (IL)      Steamboat Springs CO

      (LH)  Anders Johnson   Park City UT         Steamboat Springs CO



2004  (NH)  Anders Johnson   Park City UT         Steamboat Springs CO

      (LH)  Anders Johnson   Park City UT         Steamboat Springs CO



2005  (NH)  Chris Francis    Park City UT         Steamboat Springs CO

      (LH)  Evan Bliss       Lake Placid NY       Steamboat Springs CO



2006  (NH)  Trevor Wert      Steamboat Spr. CO    Steamboat Springs CO

      (LH)  Anders Johnson   Park City UT         Steamboat Springs CO



2007  (NH)  Nicholas Fairall Andover NH           Steamboat Springs CO

      (LH)  Anders Johnson   Park City UT         Steamboat Springs CO



2008  (NH)  Anders Johnson   Park City UT         Park City UT

      (LH)  Anders Johnson   Park City UT         Park City UT



2009  (NH)  Anders Johnson   Park City UT         Lake Placid NY

      (LH)    -- no large-hill event scheduled --



2010  (NH)  Peter Frenette   Saranac Lake NY      Lake Placid NY

      (LH)    -- no large-hill event scheduled --



2011  (NH)  Peter Frenette   Saranac Lake NY      Park City UT

      (LH)  Peter Frenette   Saranac Lake NY      Park City UT 



2012  (LH)  Peter Frenette   Saranac Lake NY      Park City UT

      (NH)  Peter Frenette   Saranac Lake NY      Fox River Grove IL



2013  (LH)  Chris Friberg    St. Paul             Park City UT

      (NH)  Will Rhoads      Park City UT         Park City UT



2014  (LH)  Kevin Bickner    Norge Ski Club       Park City UT

      (NH)  Will Rhoads      Park City UT         Lake Placid NY





See also the list of EARLY JUNIOR CHAMPIONS (before 1981)

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