International
Masters Ski Jumping
Old Boys -- Still at it, after all these years!

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A Brief Introduction to Masters Ski Jumping

Imagine this scene -- you approach a complex of ski jumps, half a dozen or more jumping hills of different sizes, the sparkling snow carefully groomed, decorated with flags and banners. Old Boys at Steamboat Scores of athletes in one piece jump suits brighter than the banners trudge up through the snow and stand in groups of two or three, conversing, stretching, and waiting for their moment to zip down the track and launch into the air. As you come up close, you notice that these skiers are not teenagers, many are a little gray around the temples or bald on the top, and they converse in a half dozen different languages. This is the annual International Masters Championships in Ski Jumping (IMC) and the lean, fit athletes range from youngsters in their thirties to octogenarians.

Zakopane jumping hills 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. Subsequent editions of the IMC visited Odnes NOR, Swanstein SWE, Kuopio FIN, Hurdal NOR, Zakopane POL (photo at right), Steamboat Springs USA, Sundsvall SWE, 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 .

Murphy Bakke 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.

Masters Ski Jumpers -- Other Times and Other Names

Age group competition goes back to the earliest days of ski jumping, and through the decades many different terms have been used in the U.S. to refer to the oldest class of competitors. The Senior class was replaced with Veterans, then the present euphemism, Masters. Any of these is more dignified than Geritol class, and surely preferable to survivors. Perhaps the most appealing is the Norwegian term Gamle Gutter, literally Old Boys. It reminds us that ski jumpers at any age must be playful and young at heart.

Other International Masters Events

Harrachov, in the Czech Republic has hosted an annual Master competition for more than two decades. In fact, for some time, before joining the IMC family, they thought of their event as the World Championships for Masters, and one year they advertised their oldest jumper, Kurt Brausse of Germany, as the oldest active ski jumper in the world. You can read a report and results of the 22nd Harrachov Masters competition from the year 2000.

For several years, the IMC Committee has contemplated organizing a summer event, and they finally did in the summer of 2006. [ See report ]

How to Start Ski Jumping

Ski jumping in the U.S. is a club based activity, and ski jumping clubs welcome both adults and children who think that they would enjoy this exciting sport. These clubs usually have some second hand jumping equipment on hand (some old Cadillacs, some Edsels) which beginners may borrow.
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.

Two other web sites, both based in Germany, deal with Masters and IMC:

Alex's German IMC Site (also with English)
Manuela's Masters Site (In German)

 

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International Masters Ski Jumping Committee

At the Committee meetings during the 2013 IMC in Russia, a new IMC Board was chosen. It has a new structure as it consists of three members without titles. It has no Chairman or President -- no ranking. Rather it will work as a small committee.

 

The Three Members of the IMC Board:

   
Manuela Steinki -- Germany
(e-mail) manusteinki@gmail.com
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Stein Arne Hoel -- Norway
(e-mail)
stein.hoel@hotmail.com
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Klaus Günther -- Germany
(e-mail) ak-guenther@t-online.de
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National representatives to IMC

Norway NOR

 

Norway

 

Jan Willy Oskal

 

oskal@online.no

 

USA USA

 

USA

 

Don West
Tim Denisson

 

donbarbwest@msn.com
tdenisson@yahoo.com

 

Sweden SWE

 

Sweden

 

Pietro Nilsson

 

pietro.nilsson@infranord.se

 

Finland FIN

 

Finland

 

Taneli Niemi
Erkki Ahtiainen

 

taneli.niemi@saunalahti.fi
erkki.ahtiainen@anvianet.fi

 

Russia RUS

 

Russia

 

Sh. Dinmukhametov
Sergey Tcherviakov
Konstantin Grigoryev

 

shamild7@gmail.com
imc-sj-nc@yandex.ru
KGrig17@yandex.ru
KGrigoryev@trend.ru

 

Poland POL

 

Poland

 

Patryk Brusilewicz

 

maveric.strike@gmail.com

 

Ukraine UKR

 

Ukraine

 

Vasilij Nikifuruk

 

vasil_ski@mail.ru

 

Germany GER

 

Germany

 

Swen Lengwenus

 

swen-lengwenus@gmx.de

 

Austria AUT

 

Austria

 

Alexander Diess
Freddy Lemmerer
Klaus Sölkner

 

alexander.diess@gmail.com
info@fitfourfun.at
soelkner@yahoo.de

 

Canada CAN

 

Canada

 

Richard Tonkin

 

richardtonkin@shaw.ca

 

Estonia EST

 

Estonia

 

Alan Vaht

 

alan.vaht@gmail.com

 

Great Britain GBR

 

Great Britain

 

Jason Weller
Alan Jones

 

british_imc_team@yahoo.co.uk
alandonaldj@gmail.com

 

Hungary HUN

 

Hungary

 

László Molnar

 

skijumplaszlo@t-online.hu

 

Czech CZE

 

Czech
 Republic

 

Ondrej Horsky
Rastislav Lazka
Oldrich Nejdelo
Pavel Mikeska

 

ondrej@andreasbergman.se
latzka@seznam.cz
o.nejedlo@centrum.cz
pavel.mikeska@centrum.cz

 

Slovakia SVK

 

Slovakia

 

Jozef Hysek
Igor Pohle

 

jozefhysek@centrum.sk
elhop@seznam.cz

 

Slovenia SLO

 

Slovenia

 

Kristof Gaspirc
Peter Slatnar

 

kristof.gaspirc@siol.net
info@slatnar.com

 

Switzerland SWI

 

Switzerland

 

Ralf Schnyder

 

ralf.schnyder@bluewin.ch

 

France
Latvia
Lithuania
Romania

(We need contacts for Masters in France, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania.)

 
Other Titled Delegates:    
This may change with the new committee structure

Direct technical questions to:
Alexander Diess - Austria
[Technical and Facilities Expert]
(cell phone) +436641469545
(e-mail) alexander.diess@aon.at
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Conditions and Safety
Guttorm Bakke
Bjormoen 16
2050 Jessheim, Norway
(phone)+47 63 97 14 27
(cell) +47 92 68 59 48
(e-mail) ggbakke@portalen.no
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Technical and Organization:    
This may change with the new committee structure

Organization and communication:
Jason Weller
(e-mail) british_imc_team@yahoo.co.uk
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Webmaster
Don West
9 Addoms St.
Plattsburgh, NY, USA
(phone) (518) 563-7604
(e-mail) westdc@plattsburgh.edu
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Honored Emeritus Members:            

Norway NORWAY
Co-Founder
Guttorm Bakke
Bjormoen 16
2050 Jessheim, Norway
(phone)+47 63 97 14 27
(cell) +47 92 68 59 48
(e-mail) ggbakke@portalen.no
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USA USA
Co-Founder, First Chairman
Earle Murphy
1090 Farmingdale Rd.
Jackson, NJ, 08527, USA
(phone) (732) 730-6287
(cell) (757) 272-3456
(e-mail)Eprofmurphy@aol.com
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Norway NORWAY
Past Chairman
Alf-Tore Haug
(work phone) 47.915.95110
(home phone) 47.381.66108
(fax at work) 22 68 63 53
(e-mail) athaug@online.no
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