OFFICIAL WEB SITE OF THE INTERNATIONAL MASTERS SKI JUMPING COMMITTEE -- HOME PAGE
Masters ski jumping is not a new idea, but these
championships reflect a new level of
organization. The first Championships were held in Lake Placid NY in February of 1990.
editions of the IMC visited Odnes NOR, Swanstein SWE, Kuopio
FIN, Hurdal NOR, Zakopane POL (photo at right), Steamboat Springs USA, Sundsvall
Perm RUS, Otepaa EST, Rognan NOR and Rovaniemi FIN. To establish a presence in central Europe,
IMC came to Harrachov CZE, returned to Zakopane, then visited Reit im Winkl GER, Villach, AUT and Kranj SLO
The IMC was the brainchild of Earle Murphy (left) of Lake Placid and Guttorm Bakke (right) of Jessheim, Norway, who also established an international committee for Masters ski jumping to coordinate IMC and other activities. This Committee has representatives from the U. S., Canada, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria and Australia, and seeks interest from all ski jumping nations.
Many ski jumping competitions around the world, including several national championships, recognize a Masters class. In addition, several nations hold separate age group national championships, usually on smaller hills. The Duluth Ski Club's annual Souvenir Booklet lists U.S. National Masters (formerly Veterans) champions starting in 1935. Norway is the cradle of ski jumping and has led the way in Masters jumping. In 1905 for the first time, the old timers had their own class in Holmenkollen, for those over thirty; that year, the oldest competitor was 70 years old. In 1997, the Norwegian Veteran Club celebrated its fiftieth anniversary.
For several years, the IMC Committee has contemplated organizing a summer event, and they finally did in the summer of 2006. [ See report ]
Adult beginners usually progress faster than children, sometimes negotiating large hills after only a couple of years. A few fine athletes starting the sport as adults have eventually tried out for the U.S. Olympic Team. Others spend many enjoyable seasons simply jumping smaller hills maintained by their own clubs.
Want to try it? Here are two links to sites listing all ski jumping clubs in the
eastern U.S. and in the midwestern U.S.
National representatives to IMC
(We need contacts for Masters in France, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania.)
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