International Masters Championships
Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Skiing
Old Boys -- Still at it, after all these years!


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We welcome ski jumpers from all nations

 
INTRODUCTION

The first International Masters Championships in Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Skiing (IMC) were held in Lake Placid NY in February of 1990. Subsequent editions of the IMC visited Odnes NOR, Svanstein SWE, Kuopio FIN, Hurdal NOR, Zakopane POL, Steamboat Springs USA, Sundsvall SWE, Perm RUS, Otepaa EST, Rognan NOR and Rovaniemi FIN. (The table above gives the complete list.)

The first ten years of IMC involved almost exclusively skiers from Scandinavia, Russia, Estonia and North America. Zakopane Poland hosted the 1995 IMC but the participants still all came down from the north -- somehow the central European Masters never got the word. Finally in 2000, two German skiers traveled to Rognan, Norway for IMC-XIII and over the next few years this trickle grew to a flood. The IMC was hosted in Harrachov in the Czech Republic in 2002, and the next five IMC's were held in Poland, Germany, Austria and Slovenia, attracting skiers from almost all of the ski jumping nations.

The first IMC was modeled loosely on the Norwegian National Masters Championships, but the IMC program has since expanded to include competition on three or more hills, plus Nordic Combined and team events.

The IMC was the brainchild of Master jumpers 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 more than twenty countries, and seeks interest from all ski jumping nations.
We have reports on all IMC events, from 1990 to the present, including all gold, silver and bronze medal winners. The table at the top of this page gives links to these reports. The reports on the firt ten IMC's were done retrospectively and tend to be short and simple, but the reports on recent events are much longer and more complete with many more pictures and links to complete results.

See the first report: 1990 IMC in Lake Placid, USA.


Looking back at 20 Years of IMC

Guttorm Bakke
(May 2009) Both IMC founders, Guttorm Bakke of Norway and Earle Murphy of USA, came to Ruhpolding, Germany for the Festival Twentieth IMC. Guttorm (left), the grand old man of IMC, both on and off the hill, could always tell you how many IMC gold medals he had won. However, Guttorm hasn't jumped in a couple of years, and in Ruhpolding he mentioned that he was about to be passed in gold medal count by his younger compatriate, Geir Rune Lislegaard (right).
Geir Rune Lislegaard

Who are the most decorated IMC skiers?

The comment about Guttorm and Geir Rune made us curious so we sat down and worked through our 20 years of records, which are almost complete, to find out which long-time IMC competitors have large numbers of medals.

The job was made difficult by the large number of medalists, more than 400 from 1990 to 2009, and changes in spelling of names. Our search was particularly difficult working with names transliterated from Russian with very different spellings in different years. For example, we find Valeery Chuykin, Valeriy Tchuikine, and several other spellings, all apparently naming the same skier.

There are certainly errors in our data, and a few event results are missing completely, but here are some things that we found.

Of 420 names in our list of medalists, 132 are from Norway. Finland follows with 87 medalists, then Russia with 67, and no other nations are close.

Martti Lamminpää leads all medalists with 39 (15 gold, 14 silver, 10 bronze) followed by Arsi Sjogren with 36 medals and Aarne Kuisma and Ingvart Törnängen with 30 each.

Martti Lamminpaa
 
Arsi Sjogren
 
Aarne Kuisma
 
Ingvart Tornangen

The original comment about medal counts was about total gold medals. If we count only gold medals, we find Aarne Kuisma at the top of the list with 27, followed closely by Arsi Sjogren (25), then Nils Eriksen (20).

If we give each gold medal the value 3, each silver 2, and each bronze 1, then Arsi Sjogren gets the top score, followed by Aarne Kuisma and Martti Lamminpää.

Sometimes comparisons aren't really fair. For example, it is easier to win a medal in the oldest age groups where even last place sometimes brings a medal. And to pile up lots of medals, a skier should enter lots of events, including the Nordic Combined events. It is worth noting that Guttorm Bakke and Aarne Kuisma both accumulated their medals just in special jumping, no Nordic Combined. So should we really compare Guttorm with Geir Rune Lislegaard who has taken many of his medals in Nordic Combined?

You aren't getting older, you're getting better!

Arsi Sjogren (FIN) first competed in IMC in 1993 in Kuopio, Finland, where he scored a silver and a bronze. Arsi has missed only a couple of IMC's since that time, but his record indicates steady improvement. In his early years he mixed a few gold medals with silver and bronze. Then it was mostly gold medals, with fewer second and third place finishes. Finally, in the five year period from 2005 through 2009, Arsi entered three events every year and won his age group competition in every one -- perfect record -- fifteen gold medals in five years!

Here are two tables, sorted in two different ways.

TOTAL MEDALS
Skiers with at least 20 Medals
in the first 20 years of IMC.


 Skier Name          NAT   y.o.b.   Gold  Silv. Brnz. total



Martti Lamminpää     FIN    1937     15    14    10    39

Arsi Sjogren         FIN    1953     25     8     3    36

Aarne Kuisma         FIN    1936     27     3     0    30

Ingvart Törnängen    SWE    1939     17    10     3    30

Geir-Rune Lislegaard NOR    1963     19     4     5    28

John Eidem           NOR    1931     17    10     1    28

Ake Saloniemi        SWE    1944      9    10     9    28

Teuvo Koljonen       FIN    1935      5     8    14    27

Willy Johansen       NOR    1935     14     7     2    23

Nils Eriksen         NOR    1927     20     2     0    22

Guttorm Bakke        NOR    1942     17     4     1    22

Reidar Finanger      NOR    1944     10     9     3    22

Antti Kokkonen       FIN    1943      9     7     6    22

Olav Malin           NOR    1922     14     3     3    20

Veijo Stranden       FIN    1958      7     5     8    20

Don West             USA    1937      4    10     6    20

Aatto Lamminpää      FIN    1945      5     7     8    20

Seppo Kinnunen       FIN    1966      5     7     8    20



GOLD MEDALS
Skiers with at least 10 IMC Medals
in the first 20 years of IMC.


Aarne Kuisma         FIN    1936     27     3     0    30

Arsi Sjogren         FIN    1953     25     8     3    36

Nils Eriksen         NOR    1927     20     2     0    22

Geir-Rune Lislegaard NOR    1963     19     4     5    28

Ingvart Törnängen    SWE    1939     17    10     3    30

John Eidem           NOR    1931     17    10     1    28

Guttorm Bakke        NOR    1942     17     4     1    22

Martti Lamminpää     FIN    1937     15    14    10    39

Willy Johansen       NOR    1935     14     7     2    23

Olav Malin           NOR    1922     14     3     3    20

Jan Heiberg          NOR    1947     11     4     1    16

Odd Aarnes           NOR    1923     11     4     0    15

Nils-Olav Kongsvik   NOR    1955     11     1     2    14

Reidar Finanger      NOR    1944     10     9     3    22

Oyvind Villesvik     NOR    1964     10     4     2    16

Ari Raitoharju       FIN    1958     10     3     0    13



You can see the entire list

We have posted our original data in a text file suitable for loading into a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel. The form is a table with a row for every medalist and a column for every IMC event. For example, the listing for 2009 has four columns labeled K-40, K-65, K-90, NC, respectively. A cell of the table contains "1" for a gold medal, "2" for silver or "3" for bronze. Otherwise the cell is empty. It is a large table with over 400 rows and almost 100 columns. The text file has the data items separated by tabs. You can open it directly with a spread sheet program -- in Excel, check "delimited", "tabs", but do not check "treat consecutive delimiters as one". You can also open it as a text file, then copy the entire text and paste it into Excel. [
Download it now.]

If you notice any errors or can supply missing information, please tell us (and say what page you are looking at). Thank you. DCW

 

Watch Us Grow!

The table below, first created in 2014 and unfortunately incomplete, shows how the IMC family and the Championship itself have grown over the first 24 years of its existance. (The 2014 IMC was cancelled due to lack of winter weather.) It is no surprise that Norway usually brings the largest team, followed by Finland, Germany and Russia. It is interesting to notice how large the home team ususally is, compared to a typical traveling team from the same nation. We found it too large a task to determine exact team sizes for the early IMCs where you see "??", but the participating nations are correct. The problem is that these early results are posted as scanned images of paper originaly so the data cannot be loaded into Excel for the usual massaging -- it would be all hand work.

 

 HOST USA  NOR  SWE  FIN  NOR  POL  USA  SWE  RUS  EST  NOR  FIN  CZE  POL  GER  AUT  SLO  GER  FIN  GER  SLO  CZE  POL  RUS

NAT    90   91   92   93   94   95   96   97   98   99   00   01   02   03   04   05   06   07   08   09   10   11   12   13

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NOR    66  136*  46   55# 125*  20   50   81   22   40   73   57   64   34   52   54   42   47   49   51   47   42   43   34

USA    21   11    2   13#  10*  02   26    5    1    1    3    3    1    2    5    4    5    4    2    4         1    1

CAN     1                             1    1                                       1    1                        1    2

FIN         14*  39   61#  31*  24   15   51    4   25   25   51   27   26   33   35   29   31   73   32   44   35   31   19

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SWE          5*  13   11#  20*  15   13   21    4   12   13   16   12   14   11   11    6    9    9    6    7    8    8

RUS          6*       25#   7*  25   16   15   87    5    7   21   14   21   10   15   10   15   33   22   22   26   27  113

EST                    4#   7*             3    2   19    5    3    4                             5    4    5    4    1

POL                              4                                  2    6                                       1    2

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BLR                                             2

GER                                                       2    7   29   17   46   31   26   40    7   32    4   20   15    7

CZE                                                            3   27    1    6    2    2    2         3    4   20   12

SVK                                                                 3    3    2    1    1              1    2    1    1

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HUN                                                                      4    5    5    5    4         2    4    4    2

AUT                                                                          11   28   14   10    3   21    7   12    5    1

SLO                                                                           3   10   35    6         4   21    2    4

ITA                                                                                1

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AUS                                                                                1    1

SWI                                                                                          3         4    2    3    1    2

GBR                                                                                          1    2    3    2    2         1

UKR                                                                                          2    7    3    4    4    6    1

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FRA                                                                                          1

LAT                                                                                               1    2    1

KAZ                                                                                                         1    1    1

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Skiers 88  172* 100  169# 200*  90  121  177  122  102  128  161  183  128  184  199  177  175  191  194  177  187  162  178



Nations 3    5    4    6    6    5    6    7    7    6    7    8   10   10   11   14   13   14   11   16   16   18   17    8

* The numbers for IMC 1991 may be a bit below the true totals. They count only the 50 meter event plus 5 of the oldest skiers who skied the 30 but not the 50.
# The 1993 numbers were found the same way as the 1991 numbers (see sentence above) and so suffer the same likelihood of being just a few skiers short. This time we counted the skiers in the 1993 K-64 competition and added 11 from the K-32.
* The 1994 statistics were complicated still further by the lack of two result sheets.
    See the 1994 IMC Report for details.

 
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